Human rights issues used to be about Australians looking overseas and tut tutting about how superior we are. We didn’t lock people away indefinitely without any charge. Refugees weren’t sent to concentration camps. We didn’t congratulate ourselves for an 80 percent decrease in the number of refugees seeking our help. We did not send people back to countries where they would be tortured or even killed. We did not live in a country where people disappeared.
But all that has changed. If we want to do something about human rights abuses it is time to clean up our own back yard.