Dr Paul Tyson is an honorary senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland. He works in an integrated manner across sociology, philosophy and theology. His recent books include Theology and Climate Change (Routledge 2021) and Seven Brief Lessons on Magic (Cascade, 2019).
This much-welcomed and greatly needed gesture will only signal the start of a genuinely post-Morrison/Dutton immigration regime if the ALP grows some real humanitarian backbone and risks a serious political struggle with Dutton over the principles of human compassion.
Could it be that reductive instrumental power and merely animal defined needs and desires are just as hollow in our reactive and posturing politics, our bullshit jobs and our consumer lives as they were ultimately found to be by this fantasy hero of a now fading era?
The principle here—which, again, one does not need to be ‘religious’ to respect—is that justice and authority are not merely a function of procedural or executive power but are in the final analysis transcendent and spiritual in nature.