As you may know, I'm no avid runner, yet every couple of years the urge grips me to do just that. So once more unto the breach, obliging loved ones to contribute to my worthy cause. There are sixty million displaced people in the world; desperately fleeing persecution, conflict and horrors I have no comprehension of. In recent times, I've become appalled at the political discourse in my country towards people, including children, seeking our help. In an endeavour to "stop the boats", successive governments have embarked on a race to the bottom; turned off-shore processing centres into veritable gulags. A harsh and brutal existence used as a deterrence for those who'd dare follow. And so, the boats may have stopped, but in reality we've merely shifted the suffering off our doorstep. Better they suffer in countries less equiped to assist than here apparently. This is a shameful chapter in Australian history; and if I could change the world, I would. So, for the little it's worth, I say the Australian government doesn't speak for me or many other Australians who would not sacrifice their humanity for "border protection". On a per capita basis, we rank 67th for refugee intake. We can do better. Not only welcome them, but provide them the opportunity to contribute to the fabric of a diverse society. I don't pretend to believe it would be easy, but better we embrace compassion and provide hope than propagate fear and further suffering. Condemn me as niaeve, but I believe we need more visionaries and less "pragmatists" as leaders. The UNHCR does good work around the world. I'll do my little bit to contribute.