The "race to the bottom" in our treatment of asylum seekers is littered with misinformation and untruth. It seems that the greater the untruth, the more traction it has in the community. The media has largely gone missing.

As described by the columnist David Roberts in in the US, we are moving into an age of "post-truth politics" where there is little close examination of claim and counter-claim.  We seem to have only players and no referees in public discussion. Facts have become a hindrance.