By Paul Toohey
Winner of the 2014 Walkley Award for characteristic Writing
In That Sinking Feeling, Paul Toohey searches for the answer our flesh pressers were unwilling or not able to discover, and asks even if, amid the diplomatic turmoil, we’ve now ignored our likelihood. Tony Abbott promised to forestall the boats. With assistance from Kevin Rudd’s “PNG solution”, he has. yet at what cost?
Visiting the Indonesian departure issues, Toohey tells the dramatic tales of asylum seekers heading from Java to Australia, investigates people-smuggling and witnesses the aftermath of a sinking at sea. He examines the person guidelines and results of the Howard, Rudd, Gillard and now Abbott governments. He additionally interrogates Australian attitudes to boat humans, and what politicians have made from these.
This attractive, robust essay offers the untold own tales of these ready to make the harmful trip, and the lengthy view of this fraught factor. That Sinking Feeling is an unflinching examine humans at their worst and most sensible – and so much ruthless and such a lot susceptible – via certainly one of Australia’s most interesting reporters.
‘Any wish for a real neighborhood answer rested with Indonesia, the ultimate stepping stone to Australia ... Why did neither Howard, in his larger occasions with Indonesia, or hard work, from 2007, search a one-on-one resolution with Indonesia? “The Indonesian Solution.” these phrases might were the main convincing political assertion any Australian executive might ever carry to Australian electorate on asylum seekers.’ —Paul Toohey, That Sinking Feeling
‘One of the main worthwhile and critical of Black Inc.'s lengthy sequence of Quarterly Essays.’ —Paul Monk, Weekend Australia
‘No you may doubt the time Toohey has installed on floor so much folks are unacquainted with. This sincere and hugely readable essay should still … be engaged with via a person craving in the direction of a humane consequence in the event you search sanctuary with us.’ —Thomas Keneally, the Age
‘Excellent research through Paul Toohey within the Quarterly Essay on asylum seekers. cannot suggest it too highly.’ —Paul Bongiorno
‘A strong, important reminder that ‘asylum seekers’ have tales, loves, fears, names, and faces.’ —Australian booklet Review
Paul Toohey is leader northern correspondent for the Australian. He received a Walkley Award for his first Quarterly Essay, Last beverages: The effect of the Northern Territory Intervention. He used to be formerly a senior author on the Bulletin and is the writer of 3 books: God’s Little Acre, Rocky is going West and The Killer Within. He has received the Graham Perkin journalist of the yr award and a Walkley award for journal function writing. He lives in Darwin.