That Sinking Feeling by Paul Toohey | Black Inc.

That Sinking Feeling: Asylum seekers and the search for the Indonesian solution

Awards for That Sinking Feeling

  • Winner, 2014 Walkley Award for feature writing
  • Longlisted, 2014 John Button Prize

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About the author

Paul Toohey is chief northern correspondent for the Australian. He won a Walkley Award for his first Quarterly Essay, Last Drinks: The Impact of the Northern Territory Intervention. He was previously a senior writer at the Bulletin

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Praise for That Sinking Feeling

‘…one of the most useful and important of Black Inc’s long series of Quarterly Essays’ —Paul Monk, Weekend Australian

‘…no one can doubt the time Toohey has put in on ground most of us are unacquainted with. This honest and highly readable essay should… be engaged with by anyone yearning towards a humane outcome for those who seek sanctuary with us.’ —Thomas Keneally, The Age 


‘A powerful, necessary reminder that ‘asylum seekers’ have stories, loves, fears, names, and faces.’ —Australian Book Review

‘That Sinking Feeling is not written to appease either side of politics, but to provide a deeper understanding of a complex situation by telling a human tale that has too often been drowned out by the screaming match.’ —Walkley Magazine

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