Lines Drawn In Blood

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Racially defined, imperially vilified
Lines drawn in blood -- one way border

Unspeakably cruel xenophobic law
Builds intangible walls, unfathomably tall

Names without faces, faces without eyes
This foreign land remains unrealised
A blue flag flies under grey skies, despondency internalised
Waiting in line dispossessed, human worth dictated at birth
It's hopeless, they're voiceless, waiting and drowning
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Successive governments talk about the problem of refugee deaths at sea, but do nothing except further pen legislation to punish and cauterise refugees and asylum seekers. Thousands upon thousands are stranded in transit, hoping for the chance to resettle in Australia; granting asylum is talked about endlessly but the infrastructure to assist them is almost entirely non­-existent. This lack of infrastructure institutionalises despair, and the government's deterrence policies mean that the dangerous boat journeys inevitably made out of desperation are all the more dangerous as border patrol prioritises stopping boats over saving lives. Anyone intercepted in transit is condemned to offshore detention. All this despite Australia having signed the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, dictating that any person with a well founded fear of persecution at home has the right to come here as a refugee. Policy makers clear their throat and spit humanitarian rhetoric. They hide their bloodstained hands behind their backs.

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from Mind Trench, released March 1, 2016

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