We do have problems here, and we should absolutely try and address them, but personally for me, that doesn't have to mean that we shouldn't help desperate people from other countries.
We do not have a refugee crisis that is draining our resources.
This is a 1.30min interview this morning with Prof. James Hathaway - an expert on international refugee law globally. Click on the green play button to listen.
Dr James Hathaway, an expert on international refugee law, told RN Breakfast that Kevin Rudd’s announcement on Friday was entirely unprecedented.
‘This plan is without question the most bizarre overreaction I have seen in more than 30 years of working on refugee law,’ said Dr Hathaway. ‘It just makes no sense.'
‘What is really striking about this is that Australia, unlike any developed country that I know, has been attracting almost exclusively genuine refugees as boat arrivals,’ Dr Hathaway told RN.
‘It’s the boat people who seem to have attracted his ire. It’s the most extraordinarily bizarre singling out of the group that...ought to be the very group that we should care about the most,’ he said.
‘So Australia does not have an asylum problem, it has a political problem, and refugees are being made to pay the price for Kevin Rudd wanting to appear, I think, more butch that Julia Gillard and more reactionary than Tony Abbott.’
‘The people who are so desperate—who so fear for their loss of life that they’re prepared to put their fate into the hands of smugglers and take a horrible boat journey to survive—are the very ones that Australia seems to want to punish.’
Biased information???? Where has my info been biased? Reading links from refugee organizations and the UNHCR are biased? What do they have to gain by being biased? But right-wing commentators or the mainstream media isn't? Hmmmmmm.... And the info that is posted that is more empathetic of asylum seekers, why is that biased? What is trying to be gained?
I must be a 'd@ck' by the way. I spent three weeks in Sabah. I have a thing for orang-utans. Fortunately it was considered safe when we travelled there. But in general, many places like this are fairly safe when you're a tourist, staying at specific resorts and areas.
You missed the point of my link though, to demonstrate that Malaysia, like Indonesia isn't really the safest place in the world either. And again, Malaysia like Indonesia is not a signatory of the convention, which means when asylum seekers arrive they have no rights or protection.
Did you read Najeeba's story above? It's a great insight on how and why asylum seekers arrive in Indonesia and get on a boat to Australia.
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Completely disengaging ourselves from global engagement is not wise. Sure we have problems here but we will have greater problems if we do nothing in the world.
People keep saying the real drain is visa overstayers rather than boat arrivals. Its funny, I've taken this on board before understanding that the number is greater. I've also watched people insinuate people dont worry about the visa overstayers, because they're white, and therefore racist.
What I want to know is how do the visa overstayers drain the country? As far as I know they won't qualify for CL payments, and therefore aren't most of them working and therefore contributing to the economy?
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