08 Sep '17, 12am

Should Australia step up to rescue the Rohingya?

Should Australia step up to rescue the Rohingya?

This leaves Australia as the only regional player with the financial and technical capacity and diplomatic clout to take up a real leadership role. It is unpleasant to think of tragedy as an opportunity. But this crisis appears to offer an important opportunity for Australia to act as a responsible and compassionate regional player, as others for various reasons are falling short. Nor should compassion be seen in purely altruistic terms. If squalid, make-shift border refugee camps are left to fester, the anger and extremism they will foment is likely to migrate ideologically and physically to Malaysia, Indonesia and possibly even Mindanao.

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/09/08/should-australia-...

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