Kevin’s hard-line asylum policy

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The country waited with bated breath on Friday to find out how Kevin Rudd planned to deal with asylum seekers and his hard-line policy is both decisive and divisive.

Under the Government’s new policy, those trying to arrive in Australia other than through legitimate channels, i.e. by boat, to seek asylum, will not, under any circumstances, be settled in this country. Instead they will be sent to Papua New Guinea (PNG) for processing, which will result in them being resettled in PNG, resettled in a third country, or sent back to where they came from.

To accommodate the growing number of asylum seekers being sent to the Manus Island detention centre, the facility, which had an original capacity of 600 people, will be upgraded to house 3000. The cost and timescales of this upgrade are not yet currently known. Asylum seekers may also be detained elsewhere in PNG.

The agreement will remain in place for at least the next 12 months at least and there is no limit to the number of people who can be sent to PNG for processing. In an announcement made on Saturday, Kevin Rudd also put a $200,000 bounty on the heads of people smugglers.

Under growing pressure to deal with the issue of boats trying to reach Australian shores and some coming to grief and resulting in a rescue or loss of lives, Kevin Rudd said that the agreement was, “part of a multi-layered approach to dealing with the scourge of people smuggling”.

Coalition leader Tony Abbott initially welcomed the plan and stated that a Coalition Government would look to continue the agreement, however, he did cast doubt on the current Government’s ability to implement and manage the plan, “it won’t work under Mr Rudd.”

“Let’s face it, this is Labor’s fifth go at getting it right and while this certainly is a very promising development in offshore processing, it is about processing boat people, it’s not about stopping the boats and that in the end is what we have to do.”

The policy has also come under fire from human rights campaigners and Green’s leader Christine Milne, who said that Kevin Rudd has now “leapfrogged Tony Abbott on cruelty”.

“This is really an appalling performance and it really does say to the rest of the world that Australia is a very rich country which is prepared to pass the buck to a very poor country because a Prime Minister doesn’t have the courage or the moral authority to do the right thing by refugees,” said Christine Milne.

Human rights advocate David Manne was surprised by Mr Rudd’s hard-line stance saying, “I am surprised on a number of fronts, first and foremost because Australia, having signed up to the Refugees’ Convention in 1954, committed to protecting people who come to its shores, not exposing them to further risks elsewhere,” he said. “In this case, a country that is far less well equipped to respond and accommodate to the needs of refugees.”

Read the full story at ABC.net.au 

Opinion: Simply passing the buck

‘The buck stops here’ are words not likely to be uttered by Kevin Rudd on his asylum seeker policy, he’d much rather make it someone else’s problem.

Kevin Rudd had a blinder of a week in politics. Not only has he seemingly brought the car industry in Australia to a grinding halt with his cost recovery proposal for replacing lost carbon tax revenue, but he’s also dealt a crushing blow to Australia’s human rights reputation. Rather than devise a policy by which Australia fulfils its agreed humanitarian commitments by processing and accepting asylum seekers, as agreed in the Refugees Convention of 1954, he has simply washed his hands of the problem and passed the buck to the ‘super power’ which is PNG. How can he expect a nation of 7.1 million predominantly Christian people, which has a question mark over its own political stability, to adequately house and process the thousands of adherents to Islam who risk their live trying to escape harsh conditions in their own countries?

If a wealthy, politically stable country such as Australia cannot house and process asylum seekers in a timely and humanitarian manner, can we really expect that the small, evolving nation of PNG can? Australia ranks second on the Millennium Human Development list, with PNG a poor 156th. The national also has 50 per cent unemployment, yet is expected to be able to rehome those looking for a better life.

While PNG’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, is confident that his nation can resettle genuine refugees, how will it deal with those deemed not worthy? Send them back to their own country? As many asylum seekers flee without paperwork, how will it know where to country to send them back? And how will a predominantly Christian country deal with a growing number of Muslim refugees? Will it simply find a reason to refuse citizenship to such people? Or will it simply say enough is enough and back out of the agreement?

But of course, all this is overshadowed by the poor conditions on Manus Island, which is expected to house these poor unfortunates. Manus Island may well be earmarked for an upgrade, but this will take time and money. And in the meantime the conditions, which were recently criticised in an unfavourable review by a United Nations committee, will continue to be substandard and inadequate. So inadequate are the conditions that children under seven years of age cannot be held there. Could this lead to an increased number of illegal boats carrying children to help secure their passage to Australia?

I can’t help but think that this is yet another case of Kevin opting for policy on the run; better to be seen to do something than nothing. It’s a quick fix aimed at silencing the Opposition on one of its major election campaigning issues. But while Tony Abbott may need to take some time to regather his thoughts, the people of Australia should be shouting their outrage from the rooftops.

Is Kevin on the right path with his asylum seeker policy? Or will it come back to bite Australia on the bum?

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Written by Debbie McTaggart

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    Typical Krudd. No one will say how much all this will cost. The arrangement is only for 12 months. We build millions of dollars worth of accomodation then PNG stops taking the boat people. Do we keep them in luxury for the rest of their lives? Is any labor member capable of working out the cost. What idiots. Good at spending taxpayers money despite the cost.

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      Rudd said the exercise will be revenue neutral.

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      egyptian HA HA HA why wont he tell us all the details

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      Maybe This will cause a new lot of people smugglers -only difference is they won’t have to travel so far – just back from PNG – our northern borders are not well protected –

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      Surfer, Rapes of women and trafficking of children is also pandemic in PNG. Rudd knows this.

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      Acushla……..I think that’s the idea—–to scare those boat people—-and then that will stop them from being persuaded by people smuggler. If they still insist in spite of the known conditions, then they’re too dumb and it’s their fault what happens as a consequence ……….If this policy will scare them enough, then we don’t have to worry about costs….but then stupidity is a common .

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      Wow….. all of a sudden we are hearing about how GOOD refugees are AND how terrible it is in PNG.

      The Corporate (foreign) Owned Media are playing with you folks.

      Since the Howard days with ‘babies overboard’ – this same Corporate Owned Media has been telling us what terrible, terrible people these Refugees are and that they are dreaded Muslims, coming to take over our country and our laws.

      Now, because Rudd comes up with a solution, that will give people a country to live in, where they are very much needed in that country, all hell breaks loose and all of a sudden we are no longer hearing about the dreaded Muslim take over or the terrible, nasty refugees. We are hearing about the WONDERFUL refugees that will be harshly treated IF they go to PNG.

      Many of these STORIES of PNG relate to people who still live primitively in the wilds (e.g.. Cannibalism) and not the cities. YOU could DREG up many of the same horror stories if you went to the USA and recorded the worst of their crimes which there are a lot, lot more than in PNG!

      Now tell me Surfer, inSensitive senior, and other people who where screaming the loudest about ‘turning back the boats’ of dreaded Muslims……..WHY are you NOT happy, now? They are not coming to Australia!

      Would you too be simply BIASED and opposition MOUTHS….I think so….

      Bit hypocritical ….. absolutely…BUT you don’t care, you sprout whatever is necessary, aye.

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      Mary your comment was spot on…..

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      S.S. In response to your HA HA HA the facts are there if you wish to take the time to find them. I’m finished looking facts up on your behalf seeing as you pick the eyes out of them. And, as far as what I mentioned in my post below where you indicate I TALK A LOT OF ROT and then agree with me, I think your thinking is becoming unclear and you are stressing yourself out just to keep making a point about anything I say.

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      egyptian AGAIN PLEASE EXPLAIN0 how is it revenue neutral and what facts have you looked up on my behalf JUST LIKE THIS GOVERNMENT ANSWER THE QUESTION. p.
      .g. will be given a lot of money to fix up roads, hospitals, our aid to them is now controlled by them. rudd wont come clean and how much is involved. i am not stressing never have and never will, i keep a clear head . the only thing i agree with you is the no vote what other. perhaps you should not have said that you talk a lot of rot because everyone is entitled to their opinion and i have a very high i.q. so i value mine. cheers. WHY CANT I MAKE A POINT ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY YOU MAKE A POINT ON WHAT I SAY AND I DONT CARE

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      S.S. Read your 4th last line above: QUOTE: perhaps you should not have said that you talk a lot of rot….UNQUOTE:
      It was you who said I talk a lot of rot. I disagree.
      I don’t file and/or keep these daily posts to go back over them, but mostly when you ask a question and nobody answers it, I try to. Quite often you have come back to me and said “thanks”. The “how many boats came in under Howard” in big bold print was the most current question I answered and the response afterwards was unenlightening and I decided I wasn’t going to bother with facts/statistics again. I’m pleased you have a very high i.q. and value it, but it all depends how you apply it.

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    Please Tony, Put Mr. Sheen out of his misery and stop the boats.

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      Hi Surfer. Obviously your mate ‘Tony’ has told you how he will do it 😉 Please share the good news with the rest of us 😀

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      I note the “Coalition of the Willing” is the cause of all these boat people and economic refugees landing on our shores as well as in the USA/UK. and whatever else we like to call them. They are coming because we invaded their countries.

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      A writer to the SMH indicated a few weeks ago that it was no longer “stop the boats” anymore. The new slogan is “bop the stoats”.

      Anyhow Surfer you’ve got your wish in a round-about way from a different angle.
      Rudd is doing what Abbott said he would do, he’s pinched one of Abbott’s major policies for winning the forthcoming election. I guess, that’s why Politicians in Opposition don’t like to announce polices too soon and/or the costing of same.

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      As I’ve said before subcontract picking up boats to DOCKSIDE who pick up yachts in the water and deliver them all over the world.

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      Sorry I meant DOCKWISE

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      egyptian YOU TALK A LOT OF ROT. you are right about labor party pinching ideas from the coalition. because they have none themselves. just look back on what rudd said before the 2007 election and afterwards

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      insensible senior

      You, YOURSELF, Talk a Lot of Rot tooooooooooo. You a COALITION supporter dear! I think so, don’t you.

      Dress it up how you like, you are a hypocrite. One minute, you speak of turning back the boats and how terrible refugees are, especially muslims BUT NOW, they are AOK and Rudd is terrible.

      Get a grip. That idiot is too busy doing his normal and pathetic WHINY WHINGING – SAYING “NOTHING” as NORMAL – to come up with any solutions.

      The Opposition and the Corporate Media have gone into overdrive because they have to discredit this solution somehow………

      What a very biased, hypocritical, and unsensible, old boy you are!

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      Mussitate is that the best you can do. first i am not a he i am a she. secondly liberal supporter at the moment yes yes yes because i think that this government stinks. i do believe in the coalitions policy and now that all the details are coming out with the p.
      .g. solution what solution it is starting to fall down not because of the media but because the way it was done it would never work. and why should png say how our aid money and lots of it to them is going to be distributed will this stop the boats NO still coming in the rate of knots. i have not said how terrible refugees are especially muslims, i dont hate muslins or anybody for that matter I HATE SHARI LAW AND ALL IT STANDS FOR. The idiot i presume you mean Tony Abbott well i would rater have that idiot in charge than your mr. rudd who is all spin and no substance. at least the ministers under tony abbott do not say what a horrible control freak he is not to mention the us.s. past diplomats and can mr. rudd swear dont show that to his adoring fan club of children. i worked for a union a long time ago and once voted for a proud labor party but could i do it now definately NOT. i consider you to be a very NASTY bigoted person but thats just my opinion . YES I DO SAY TURN BACK THE BOATS IF IT WILL STOP THEM COMING I HAVE HAD ENOUGH I WANT AUSTRALIA BACK AND I DONT APOLOGISE FOR THAT

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    I can’t help but feel there’s a whole lot of whinging and whining going on here. The key problem is people are taking unacceptable risks in dangerous boats to get to Australia, and doing so in complete disregard of our immigration and refugee resettlement policies. It seems that whatever action is taken to dissuade people from this course of action, correspondents like yours can’t resist the temptation to whinge. Complaints about the policy abound, but as usual no suggestion as to what can be done instead. It seems to me that there are two things the Australian people are looking to the government to deliver on in this area. The first is that we continue to take our quota of legitimate refugees. The second is that we put an end to the people smuggling business. If you’re going to complain about what others are doing to address these issues, then explain how your ideas would be more effective. And if you can’t do that, then stop whinging.

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      With you Richard 🙂

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      I am going to have a whinge. This is not a humanitarian response to the issue of asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat. Both sides of politics show no shame in their response to this issue. Both sides of politics are responding to the scaremongering – started in the Howard years – that all asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat have sinister motives to undermine Australia’s security, financial, employment and political systems. I am deeply saddened that the Labor Party has sunk to the level of the Coalitions campaign to ‘stop the boats’. I expected a more humanitarian response. Increasing quotas and improving processing times would be a good start.

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      Totally agree Richard

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      Yes AmandaR , both sides are playing to the crowd . Crocodile tears about drownings while creating new slogans .

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      Well said Richard! Agreed and pity more dont see the ‘real issues’ here as you have just stated!

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      Yes Richard you are right. What people are forgetting is that we are confirming to our obligations (was 25,000 LEGAL refugees last year) These people land in Indonesia where they are not subjected to their home countries atrocities. They should stay their and go through the legal channels like everybody else not try to jump the queue. These people also seem to have the money (reckoned to be $10000 and up) to pay for their trip not withstanding that they also seem to have the airfares to get to Indonesia. Now they know that they are not going to get to Australia maybe this will put a halt to it.

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      Amanda, I’m in your court when you say we need a humanitarian response. But where we diverge is that I don’t think that having a weak border policy which encourages refugees to expose themselves to exploitation by organised criminals is a humanitarian response. I do agree with you that processing applications more quickly would be a good start.

      When it comes to asylum seekers from Iran, which is not in a state of war, my recommendation would be that so-called asylum seekers who arrive without documentation or evidence of abuse should just be sent back to Iran – by the end of the week in which they arrive. Problem is, as I understand it, Iran won’t take them back. So what do we do now? Let them stay in Australia? How does that dissuade others?

      I like the PNG solution as the most humanitarian response. It’s a country at peace, for a start, so people may live there without fearing persecution. But then, who would want to expose themselves to organised criminals in the shipping business just to get to PNG? If the answer is no-one, then chances are that they will be discouraged from the attempt. By all means let’s continue to be generous with taking refugees, through the proper processes.

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      Amanda and Richard, I agree. However Iran is still not a safe country. People needing to leave can not obtain a passport, so start on a dangerous journey to (maybe) safety. It amazes me that people would see Australia as a ‘safe’ place when there is so much bitterness and hatred towards asylum seekers. You’re right Richard, Iran wont take asylum seekers back but maybe they have been abused and terrorised because of their religion. But Papua New Guinea frightens me too. The people have nothing and that includes a stable government. I fear the people will turn on the detention camps and the asylum seekers meaning we, Australia, will have to send police or the army to keep peace in a foreign (hostile) country. I know the do-gooder attitude ( meaning mine) is unrealistic as there are too many asylum seekers in the world . Do we have time to find the cause of this problem and try fixing it??

      I have just remembered … a few years ago I was very disappointed in the government of the time (LNP) and and was going to sell up and move o/s. Problem 1. No passport 🙂
      Problem 2 .. only speak English
      Problem 3… how could I take my dog??
      Problem 4…. I hate flying
      Problem 4 … I get sea sick in the bath!

      I chose to stay here 🙂

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      W.staton: Not all refugees are underprivileged or poorer workers. Due to the conflicts in their countries people earning high incomes and people in businesses have had their homes and businesses destroyed by the conflicts. They flee with whatever they can salvage and then as happens in countries all over the world (even those countries without conflict) use their “position” to their own benefit and survival. It’s wrong, but as we know “s..t” happens. People with influence can always find a way to circumnavigate.

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      Agree – especially as a lot of these so-called boat people are destroying their id/papers – who knows who they are & they’re history. [plus a few of the countries they’re ‘escaping’ from aren’t actually at war – eg Sri Lanka & they just want to escape poverty] PM Rudd giving the best option at present – just so long as they don’t start sneaking in via Thrusday Is etc. Yes our border protection is very inadequate. We take a huge number [those that come legally] per capita compared to other countries. We need to improve border protection & also concentrate on our own homeless etc – in a place like Aus there shouldn’t be anyone living on the street – take care of our own first

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    Why should we be bombarded with these illegals? I say Illegals because if you or I were to travel anywhere without the correct paperwork we would be shipped off to somewhere other than where we would be trying to go. Would there then be a whole lot of people saying “oh poor little Australians…and all that garbage. No they would be laughing at us like most reckon they are anyway. And I would not expect any different treatment in fact if I was trying to go to Syria or Indonesia I would expect to probably be shot.

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      Exactly right – I just said almost the same this morning. Would we get into any other country without the correct visas and paperwork – NOT AT ALL.
      My husband even had problems in Vietnam because someone had mis-spelled our surname and the two lots of paperwork did not tally!!!

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      True, True. I totally agree with you, Unicorn.

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      maybe if Australia was at war with a neighbour and had internal civil unrest, we would be seeking asylum in another country.

      Let’s face it, Syria is not stable, and Indonesia , like other countries, has laws concerning entry. If death be the penalty (which it’s not) then you have to abide by those laws. Syria and Indonesia do not give protection to asylum seekers but Australia does.

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    With you also Richard. It is about time this stopped being a political issue. “Commentators'” political leanings are obvious and they display a complete lack of the “christian” humanity that they allegedly want to ‘preserve’. I sometimes wonder what the world wars were about when we appear to have so many red-necks who seem to want a return to the awful ‘white Australia policy’. What hypocrites!

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    The majority of Australians are not racist or afraid of these people, we simply object to the amount of money spent on them. People claim that Australia is a rich country but we the working population don’t see it that way.
    At what point will the refugee lovers say enough- 100,000. 500,000, a million?
    What will happen in this country when they bring their problems with them?

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      No problem Fred. We will house/train them and put them into really solid jobs – say in the auto production plants, or in manufacturing or all those other great occupations that are ……. wait a minute ! They are on the way out aren’t they. Well, we can suggest they join all of those workers who have lost their jobs after years of service and paying taxes etc. Then they can try and get 3 or 4 casual jobs (4-5 hours each) a week, for years, to try and support their families/work through uni etc etc. No problem, hey ?

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      heyyybob, it wasn’t so long ago that ‘these people’ as you call the asylum seekers, were working in slaughter houses (abattoirs because Australian wouldn’t work there! Also, ‘these people’ often have unsteady work to support their family .. like stalls in the local markets. They pay taxes and are good decent people. Those that do not have work are not lazy, work is not easy to find when you don’t have the language skills required, that’s why a lot do low paying jobs like cleaners etc. They work (and don’t take jobs away from Aussies) and pay taxes. A few bad apples give bigots ammunition to shoot them all.

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    Glad to see someone has finally got the balls to do something about the problem besides just taking about it.Firstly I do not vote for either Krudd or Big ears since we have preselection.But this fix should be retrospective since Kruddy started the problem way back

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    Obviously this is going to be an emotionally charged issue that everyone has their opinion on and rightly so. I think another comment on this issue I read on another article was that if they were all genuine refugees and conditions were that terrible then the whole nation would flee not just the young fit men that seem to be the majority. Many reports have pointed out many of them are actually fleeing due to protesting or other crimes.

    At a recent Government consultation I went to here in Brisbane a Muslim lady who works for one of the Muslim Woman’s association stated that she wanted information about what is available in the way of services etc written in Arabic etc and given to refuges before they get on the boat! This opens up a whole can of worms as it shows that it is a deliberate and planned act as well as many other things.

    My objection is this. Our seniors who have made this country what it is, are suffering greatly due to Government changes and cutbacks, yet we always have money for resettling refugees. Refugees receive a $10, 000 white good package, as well as accommodation and so on. As a tax payer I cannot access services my taxes pay for, nor can seniors who have given so much to this country, because the system is clogged up with refugees who have their hands out from they leave Indonesia.

    Next I also object to the fact that they are now deliberately sinking ships to ensure the Navy will come and get them. Jump up down as much as you like but the fact is that this is a situation that people on the boats have created themselves, so why is it any of our business? If they are not in Australian waters why is it more our responsibility than any other country? Why isn’t the New Zealand Navy rescuing them? Why isn’t the Indonesian Navy patrolling their own waters and sending them back? International waters mean any navy can assist, not just Australia.

    It simple, if anyone is passing the buck it is Indonesia. It is a safe port, there is no reason for people to flee from there. There is only one reason and that is because of the welfare system here and we all know it is. Any other country they would be shot, or put in prison or would just disappear! Why is it that Australia is the only country that seems to be held accountable for these people fleeing safety?

    It makes no sense other than the Indonesian Government are making it happen. They are the ones who are not stopping the boats and we have tried to work with them to get their cooperation. To stop them coming we need to remove the incentives and this is what Krudd is starting to say. Remove the handouts and the cushy accommodation and make sure they know they will never get refugee status and resettled. Time will tell if this is effective. Just remember when you say about boat people and rights remember if they drown then its their choice and no one should be held accountable. Keeping the boats coming means more deaths!

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      Agree with a lot of what you say, however in the case of Indonesia they are not a signatory to the UN refugee charter. Indonesia is a “transit” country. These people in their thousands upon thousands walk from their countries knowing that Indonesia is a “transit” country and the place they must arrive at to get on those shonky boats.

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      Yes Egyptian, But why is Indonesia accepting the people in the first place. They could just deny them entry and send them back to the country they embarked from. I doubt it was the country they are fleeing from especially if it is from an airport.
      There is some glimmer on the horizon though, as Indonesia has stopped issuing visas to so called Iranian refugees on arrival.

      We did have a period when there were genuine refugees (Vietnam) did start arriving by boat and we did take them in and they have proved quite a asset to our country. Unfortunately now one doesn’t know if one is a refugee or not as people are now taking advantage of our good past nature.

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      Wstaton:
      UNHCR: (the UN Refugee Agency – 2013 South East Asia Region:

      The Philippines is the only State in South East Asia that is party to the 1954 Convention related to Status of Stateless Persons. Nobody in the region has signed the 1961 Convention.
      However, ALL STATES in the sub-region (incl. Indonesia) have signed the Convention on the “rights of the child” and the Convention on “all forms of descrimination against women”. (Hence why we receive by boat so many woman and children).
      Because there is no legal framework the UNHCR fills the gap by identifying people in need of international protection. Indonesia and Malaysia have faced a steady increase in the number of arrivals in recent years. The challenge to these countries (Indonesia/Malaysia) is to deliver protection in an environment of mixed migration that lacks legal frameworks in dealing with refugees. So, I guess the UN is the culprit, it is pointing these refugees in various directions around the world, not just Australia and New Zealand, to the transit countries for protection. If this new policy works and the Opposition has indicated that if elected they would adhere to it, the next step would be to revise the outdated 1951 Refugee Convention which was in placed to handle all the refugees from World War II.
      And, I guess we have to realise these asylum/refugee souls are fleeing their countries because we invaded their countries and left them in a mess. Most of them are coming from Irak and Afghanistan.

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      TED.totally agree with everything you say, good to hear some common sense,

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      catsahoy, do you agree with me??????

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      Wstaton, IF the people had the ability to get passports before leaving their home country (MOST, not all) Indonesia would send them back but if they have ‘no’ homeland, then they cannot be returned, and go into ‘camps’ whereby they have no Dr, nor ability to earn money, they have NOTHING except despair. Those that have money can pay bribes to get on a death trap and get away from Indonesia. But do they get away to safety?? It is not an easy solution.

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    you are missing the central issue which is to make it unattractive for the economic migrants who fly to Indonesia and hire a boat and then throw away their passports, expecting to be re-settled in Australia. They have already sent money to relatives and they know how easy it is to get free housing, furniture and fridges and TV supplemented by dole payments.

    Rudd, who I detest, has made it decidedly unattractive now, but we will still take genuine asylum seekers who go through the proper channels.

    Obviously the logistics have not been thought out but the number coming should lessen so it will not be such a big problem.

    When are the bleeding hearts going to stop feeling sorry for economic migrants who just want to come to live in Oz, and use the facilities when our own people should be the first priority.

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    As the boats, the crew and the people smugglers are coming from Indonesia; as the distress signals are activated while the boats are still in Indonesian waters; as the Indonesian gov’t allows these cashed up queque-jumpers to legally enter their country on a temporary visa, it is high time that we stopped giving foreign aid to Indonesia, made them responsible for controlling the flow of these illegal immigrants buying a ticket on a clapped out old vessel to come to Australia. Its time to “Stop the boats, stop rescuing people who pull the bung and send distress signals so that the RAN or Australian Customs will go rescue them. They choose to get on these leaky tubs, its not Australia’s fault that there are casualties.
    As for those illegals who riot at and destroy our off-shore detention centres, they should all be sent back to where they came immediately. Clearly they do not deserve to ever be allowed to settle in Australia.
    Meanwhile, save these precious funds and redirect them to Australians in need of housing, health, aged care, assistance.
    Stop the Boats and their illegal cargoes

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      Spot on, Fairgo. While they are waiting to be sent back to their country of origin, these $6Om vandals should be made to live in the mess they have created.
      The Australian Navy should be withdrawn to within 25km of the Australian coast. i can’t understand why they are within sight of the Indonesian coast waiting to give these queue-jumpers a first class ferry ride to Australian largess

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      Thankyou, Fairgo. Yes, just why are we giving money to Indonesia?
      Australia is a laughing stock. They know where these boats are leaving from –
      how can they not know? And the childish antics of hunger-strikers makes me sick.
      People always ‘blame the people-smugglers’ but I believe the so-called asylum-seekers are just as much to blame. By that, I mean the economic refugees.

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      easy solution ; send them back to the country they came from…… OK, so the country of departure is established but what if that country wont take them 🙂 Take them out to sea and scuttle their boat ?? Gimme a brake.

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Much controversy has surrounded stem cell research, and yet therapies and treatments involving stem cells have the capacity to treat...

Wellbeing

Top 2021 new year's resolutions revealed

We may be halfway through January, but it's not too late to make a new year's resolution. "It’s human nature...

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Spinach and Parmesan Crustless Quiche

In The Midlife Method, food and lifestyle writer Sam Rice explores why it is so much harder to lose weight...

Age Pension

Important details on how your income stream information is updated

Updating Income Stream InformationHi everyone, I wanted to chat about income stream reviews and how they may affect your Age...

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