Garry Linnell neatly sums up the attitude behind every act of genocide, torture, rape, and brutality the world has endured. “We should have no qualms about executing people like Peter Scully if found guilty because they have forfeited what it is to be human. Once you stop treating him as a fellow being, the rest comes naturally.” Once we stop treating anyone as a fellow human being, all acts of violence are permitted. I have no doubt that Peter Scully is a reprehensible human being who has committed appalling acts of evil, but he is still a human being.
It seems we are now to have a weekly dose of Linnell’s morally questionable, shock jock diatribes. This marks a serious decline in the standards of the SMH. Hopefully his tenure will be short lived. One can only agree with Michael Gordon that “Australia’s badge of honour is really a badge of shame” in relation to our refugee policy. Both our major political parties have pandered to our baser elements. They weep crocodile tears over lives lost at sea, but demonstrate their true values by imposing inhumane and intolerable conditions on the very same people if they have the temerity to survive the journey and reach our shores. They have convinced a fearful electorate that the ends justify the means. As a nation we are truly diminished by these shameful policies.
– Neil Ormerod, Professor of Theology, Australian Catholic University, Sydney