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The refugee issue here in Australia is a highly emotionally charged one. So much so that both major political parties pander to the public’s xenophobia and racism rather than meet their international legal obligations. While Australia likes to present itself as an easy-going multi-racial society it is reality far from it. The country has an appalling record when it comes to institutional racism. Our country still sees the aboriginal peoples as second class citizens, and although under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd the government issued an apology for past wrongs still effectively has a defacto form of apartheid that keeps aboriginal people in crushing poverty that directly reduces their life expectancy and sees them in virtual continual conflict with the legal system. Many Australians would emphatically deny this and say that using names like boong, nigger, blacks and gins are just good-natured fun. In…

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