Sending Them Home
Refugees and the new politics of indifference
Robert Manne Sending Them Home
In Sending Them Home, Robert Manne tells the stories of individual asylum seekers and finds in their experience the seeds of a devastating critique. Balancing sorrow and pity with a controlled anger, Manne develops a sustained argument about what could, and should, be done for the nine thousand refugees who remain in limbo on temporary protection visas.
Sending Them Home also contains a groundbreaking account of conditions in the offshore processing camps on Nauru, whose operations have until now been shrouded in secrecy, and a damning forensic investigation of the recent efforts to return – frequently against their will – many of those who sought our protection and whose countries remain in turmoil.
Combining ethical reflection and acute political analysis, this essay initiates a new phase in the refugee debate.
Correspondence discussing Quarterly Essay 13, Sending Them Home:
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Manne’s work on this issue acted as a circuit-breaker… [he] challenged us as a society to reassert the claims of decency.
Quarterly Essay has done a considerable service by pointing out how far the world has strayed from its original principles.
The writing burns with a controlled rage, but eschews flames of righteous indignation.
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