The people smuggler takes back their documents after arriving in Malaysia or Indonesia? How does that even work? Maybe they shouldn’t have resorted to illegal papers, forgery, and people smugglers in the first place. They could have travelled to Australia just like those listed in the link above, or crossed to a neighbouring country that is a signatory. Why did they choose Indonesia as the destination when they went to the airport if it is so fearful?so their position is very precarious when their people smuggler takes back the dodgy travel documents. From that time, if they are found, they are liable to be jailed, or sent back to the country that has been persecuting them. Asylum seekers who get to Indonesia live in perpetual fear of detection
Is he suggesting that he thinks its valid to ‘cut the queue’ and pay your own way and make the others wait longer? I’m not sure what he is trying to point out here. Again, why did they travel to Indonesia in the first place?Indonesia, asylum seekers can go to the UNHCR office and seek refugee status. Those who are assessed as refugees may wait 20 or 30 years before they are offered a place in a safe country.
Again, why did they fly to a country that they are illegal in rather than any other country on offer? Including Australia?In the meantime they cannot get jobs, and their kids cannot go to school, for fear of detection. In countries that have not signed the Refugee Convention, they are truly “illegal”.
He did not include ‘money’. Was it not their intention to ‘end up’ in Australia when they arrived in Indonesia in the first place?Not surprisingly, some of them – those with initiative and courage – place themselves in the hands of people smugglers, commit themselves to a dangerous boat trip, and end up in Australia.
After 2011, plane arrivals were definitely not the ‘larger number’.The tragic irony of their position is that they are the focus of political attack, while the larger number of plane arrivals create hardly a ripple of concern.
Big call calling them all liars.This is the direct result of dishonest statements by Coalition governments: first the Howard government and now the Abbott government. But although it is Coalition governments who have actively lied about boat people, Labor has never – in opposition or in government – contradicted the lies.
Does he want more regular briefings to say: “There have been no arrivals since ___”? I’d be happy with that, as I cannot recall how many days ago the 100 day milestone was reached.A promise to “stop the boats” fairly swiftly became a process of stopping information about the boats.
Except of cause the migration act. It is unlawful to enter Australia without a visa.This, despite the fact that boat people are not “illegals”: coming to Australia the way they do to seek protection is not an offence against any law.
Except that a boat has not arrived at Christmas Island for well over 100 days. They are being stopped well prior. But don’t let the facts get in the way of a rant.The so-called Pacific Solution is designed, ostensibly, to protect refugees from the perils of the sea. It does this, rather perversely, by waiting until refugees arrive safely in Christmas Island and then transports them, against their will, to Manus or Nauru.
Whose theory is that?The theory is, apparently, that if we are cruel enough to people who have escaped persecution, others will prefer to stand and face their persecutors.
Tell that to the poor refugees in camps around the world who have been processed, and have been waiting for years for a country to take them. People that Australia should be taking.Like most refugee advocates, I am not opposed to the concept of off-shore processing: it all depends on what that means. The refugee movement is about resettlement in a safe place. From the refugee’s point of view, it does not much matter where the processing takes place. But the processing has to be fair and efficient, and resettlement has to be swift.
Sounds good. Take refugees from camps around the world, rather than those that shop for Australia.Australia received around 25,000 Indo-Chinese refugees each year for a few years. It caused no discernible social trouble.