With the relentless propaganda coming from the Coalition on refugees ("they are not refugees but asylum seekers") the Government has lost its nerve and been sucked into a grubby race to the bottom. One of the really good things Rudd did was to more fairly to address this question. We have taken a very small percentage of the refugees fleeing persecution and death from some of the nastiest regimes in the world where we have sent our young men and women to "teach them democracy" at the same time as denying our own responsibilities here and demonstrating to ourselves how two-faced and short sighted we can be. The Greens are the only ones who speak out on this issue. Thankfully we do have them.