All I see is people who have not been convicted of any crime being offered little more than the basics of life TVs, sheets, allowed outside..... Wow sign me up sounds like luxury . If they are found to be genuine of course we have a responsibility to assist them to become part of society.
I love the image of striking refugees.
Don't you think, especially given the enormous amounts of bad blood between the Opposition and Government over asylum seeker policy that IF asylum seekers were living the life of Riley with nintendos and Egyptian cotton sheets and being hand-fed grapes then the Opposition wouldn't have torn the government to pieces in Estimates? I mean absolutely torn them to pieces.
But they haven't. That speaks volumes to me.
Firstly, how is it legal for the Australian Navy or Customs to board their ship?
What right do they have to empty the fuel of a boat in the ocean?
How do they know how much fuel they will need to return?
Humans are humans. We are all seeking the same things - security for ourselves and our loved ones regardless of nationality, religion, race or brand of clothing.
What annoys me most about this is that the LNP must think I'm really stupid to think that this is feasible, plausible, practical and the moral and right thing to do.
I agree with the article. Most 'asylum seekers' from Sri Lanka aren't genuine refugees and are simply seeking enriched economic gains.
Sending back the boats though? Eeek! Even if they are trying to rort the system, if something happens with the boat they are still human beings.... I'd escort them to detention, assess their claims and if Sri Lanka is deemed to be safe enough, send them back.
Learn a bit about the Tamils!!!
This is in contrast to, for example, a Hazara Afghani who may be plenty wealthy, but is granted refugee status on political grounds due to persecution.
To those who comment on refugees turning up in 'designer clothes' and with money, yes some of them have plenty of money which is completely useless to them due to political persecution in their home country (no point being rich if you are gonna get shot).
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