Quarterly Essay 53 That Sinking Feeling: Asylum Seekers and the Search for the Indonesian Solution by Paul Toohey

Quarterly Essay 53 That Sinking Feeling: Asylum Seekers and the Search for the Indonesian Solution

byPaul Toohey

Kobo ebook | March 14, 2014

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Winner of the 2014 Walkley Award for Feature Writing

In That Sinking Feeling, Paul Toohey searches for the solution our politicians have been unwilling or unable to find, and asks whether, amid the diplomatic turmoil, we’ve now missed our chance. Tony Abbott promised to stop the boats. With the help of Kevin Rudd’s “PNG solution”, he has. But at what cost?

Visiting the Indonesian departure points, Toohey tells the dramatic stories of asylum seekers heading from Java to Australia, investigates people-smuggling and witnesses the aftermath of a sinking at sea. He examines the individual policies and outcomes of the Howard, Rudd, Gillard and now Abbott governments. He also interrogates Australian attitudes to boat people, and what politicians have made of these.

This engaging, powerful essay provides the untold personal stories of those waiting to make the dangerous journey, and the long view of this fraught issue. That Sinking Feeling is an unflinching look at people at their worst and best – and most ruthless and most vulnerable – by one of Australia’s finest reporters.

‘Any hope for a genuine regional solution rested with Indonesia, the final stepping stone to Australia ... Why did neither Howard, in his better times with Indonesia, or Labor, from 2007, seek a one-on-one solution with Indonesia? “The Indonesian Solution.” Those words would have been the most convincing political statement any Australian government could ever deliver to Australian voters on asylum seekers.’ —Paul Toohey, That Sinking Feeling

‘One of the most useful and important of Black Inc.'s long series of Quarterly Essays.’ —Paul Monk, Weekend Australia

‘No one can doubt the time Toohey has put in on ground most of us are unacquainted with. This honest and highly readable essay should … be engaged with by anyone yearning towards a humane outcome for those who seek sanctuary with us.’ —Thomas Keneally, the Age

‘Excellent analysis by Paul Toohey in the Quarterly Essay on asylum seekers. Can't recommend it too highly.’ —Paul Bongiorno

‘A powerful, necessary reminder that ‘asylum seekers’ have stories, loves, fears, names, and faces.’ —Australian Book Review

Paul Toohey is chief northern correspondent for the Australian. He won a Walkley Award for his first Quarterly Essay, Last Drinks: The Impact of the Northern Territory Intervention. He was previously a senior writer at the Bulletin and is the author of three books: God’s Little Acre, Rocky Goes West and The Killer Within. He has won the Graham Perkin journalist of the year award and a Walkley award for magazine feature writing. He lives in Darwin.
Title:Quarterly Essay 53 That Sinking Feeling: Asylum Seekers and the Search for the Indonesian SolutionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 14, 2014Publisher:Schwartz Publishing Pty. LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1922231525

ISBN - 13:9781922231529