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Arguing in support of refugees in Australia

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?Conflict occurs between the powerful and the powerless.? Annie Wang Plight of Refugees: A David and Goliath Story With conflict around the world rising exponentially, more and more people are fleeing torture and persecution, sacrificing their identity, in the hope of living a new and safe life in Australia. The Migration Act 1958 requires people who are not citizens and are unlawfully in Australia to be detained. This legislation ensures that asylum seekers arriving in Australia can be detained for unspecific and prolonged periods of time. No one wants to be a refugee: they just want to live a normal life like everyone else but they are powerless to change the situation in their country, to change their circumstances. This all began with an imbalance of equality, two sides fighting for supremacy and eventually fight for purification. This has been the case across history with instances such as the genocide in Rwanda between the Hutus and the Tutsis, the dominance of the Nazis over the Jews and most recently the fight for religious supremacy and purification in Afghanistan between the Taliban and the Hazara. ...read more.


The recent riots on the Christmas Island detention facility that have attracted the attention of the media is just another example of the extent of refugees? rebellion against the subjection they endure while waiting for the Immigration officials sitting at their desks in Canberra to make a decision about their visas, their lives. Who are these powerful people that are once again making these asylum seekers powerless? They are, indirectly, the people of Australia who are responsible for rendering these people powerless. The Australian Government receives a mandate from the people through elections and it is the Government?s responsibility to act on behalf the people. We, the Australian people are the powerful that are breaching their basic human rights. The refugee discourse has now been exploited on multiple occasions to gain votes from the Australian populace by both major political parties, with the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees suggesting that the Australian Government implement policies regarding the asylum seekers based on humanitarian not political guidelines suggesting scepticism about government motives. It has now come to ?the two major political parties are bickering about whether it is better to send them to Malaysia or Nauru?, rather than helping them and spreading equality. ...read more.


The contention of the piece is that conflict occurs between a more powerful party and a powerless party and that it is a conflict of an equality imbalance. This persuasive piece delves into the conflict between ?the powerful? and ?the powerless? by firstly exploring examples of conflicts between the powerful and the powerless and then mirroring the nominated issue to show that this conflict occurs. Thereafter, the identities of the powerful and the powerless are explored and how the conflict is happening between is shown. The writing was based on a quote from the text, ?The Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif?, ?The feeling of having no power to make things happen gets you?re your heart and you begin to question whether you are really a human being?, which depicts how the powerless can be crushed by the powerful, just by oppressing their power. The piece of writing draws other ideas from the text, such as the idea of leaving your future or fate in the hands of a stranger, which is based on the idea of asylum seekers having their fate decided by a Government official. Another idea was the feeling of powerlessness leads to the loss of hope, in the piece of writing the mental state of asylum seekers is explored after losing hope. ...read more.

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