|—||They’re called the “Oskar Schindlers of Asia” because of the genuine asylum seekers they save, people who under the Coalition will again be locked up for years with the crooks. In detention people commit suicide, children become disturbed, and that is supposed to be a humane solution compared with just accepting people? Ending people smuggling on boats that sink is as easy as ending criminal drug trafficking, legalise it|
Julian Burnside: “The Malaysian Solution provoked another bout of amnesia. Both major parties have forgotten the spectacular cost to taxpayers of trafficking people to other countries, whether it is Malaysia or Nauru. Not to mention the pointless cruelty of it all.”
Sarah Hanson-Young: “The Australian Greens have condemned the Malaysian Solution reached today which will involve sending up to 800 people, including unaccompanied children, to an unknown fate.”
Even if the whole motel were booked out by the Department of Immigration, the price works out to be $440 per room, per night - or almost double the quoted rack rate of $235 for the motel’s most expensive room: a two-bedroom business suite. We should not be surprised at this laissez-faire attitude to taxpayers’ money - that is the hallmark of this Government and will be its lasting legacy.
““At the heart of our plan for a stronger economy is getting government spending down…” said Mr Abbott.
Presumably down from Howard government levels. In those 11 years there was not one in which government spending was reduced. It grew by an average of 3.7 per cent in its final five years. Current projections for spending growth have an average of 1.5 per cent. And for fond memories you don’t put into the economic equation a global recession which took more than $140 billion from the tax revenue of the new Labor government, a plunge more severe that anything which hit the Howard Budgets. Memories have to be selective to be attractive, as there are bits of the golden age which can never be polished, even by Mr Abbott. For example, the Regional Partnerships Program which ran for eight years makes Labor’s Building an Education Revolution scheme look like a a well-oiled economic mechanism of integrity and efficiency. The BER never funded a Queensland coastal hotel which boasted gaming and strippers, but a 2005 Senate inquiry was told that’s just what the RPP did. As the Auditor General reported in 2007 on the $330 million spent by the RPP, “The manner in which the program had been administered over the three year period to 30 June 2006 examined by ANAO had fallen short of an acceptable standard of public administration, particularly in respect to the assessment of grant applications and the management of funding agreements.”The audit found “instances where no application for funding was received prior to funding being approved”. They were instances either of psychic accounting or pure electoral pork barrelling.”
“Note that the 2001 figures in the table below include passengers on boats that were intercepted by the navy and whose passengers were either returned to Indonesia or taken to Nauru or Papua New Guinea. The figures also include passengers on the SIEV X boat which sank in October 2001, killing 353 people. The rationale for including these boats is that they illustrate (a) the increasing numbers of people attempting the journey to Australia in 2001 and (b) the high proportion of children on the 2001 boats.
We know other things about TPVs. We know that people who were granted permanent protection visas could access family reunion programs and arrange for their families to join them. We know that this option was not available to TPV holders - mainly men - who therefore had no official channel by which they could arrange for their wives and children to join them.”
Asylum seekers and people smugglers know that Howard policies meant that they would get to Australia eventually, they are no longer a deterrent. TPVs mean relatives have to get on boats to reach their loved ones; as Sarah Hansen-Young says: “TPVs were a major reason why the numbers of women and children on boats spiked during the Howard years, including on the SIEV X which claimed 353 lives after the government began using Nauru,”
The Greens policy is to make sure asylum seekers are processed orderly and quickly and then transported to Australia so that they don’t have to get on boats. If we can’t do that we could at least make the Indonesians stop confiscating the people smuggler’s good boats so that they don’t have to use crappy ones.
Did the Howard policies even work? Quote Jack the Insider:
“Certainly there was a reduction of asylum-seeker arrivals by boat in the last six years of the Howard government. The opposition claims that this was due to the successful application of Howard government policy; the Pacific Solution, TPVs, the occasional boat tow back.
The UNHCR and other aid agencies point to a relative lull in the global movement of refugees during this period. Those same aid agencies now say that since 2009, asylum-seekers are on the move in number, fleeing persecution and violence from places like Iran, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.”
So the poorest of the poor, the disenfranchised, the naïve, are punished, while the people smugglers and their well-heeled passengers who pay $10,000 to force their way into Australia, are rewarded.
Every one of those Indonesian youths jailed is an injustice, which is noted and keenly felt by Indonesia, and which will come back to haunt us.
|—||She’s right that the so called “people smugglers” that are getting locked up are scapegoats, but so are the so called “well-heeled passengers”. If you were wealthy would you really get on the sorts of boats that are arriving, boats that look like they could sink and often do? That $10,000 is very likely their life savings and these passengers probably have a good set of clothing to wear on special occasions like arriving at a new country in which they wish to live. Miranda never criticized the Liberals when they were in government for doing the exact same thing. It’s also rich to criticize Labor for defaming an innocent group of people, and then finish your article by defaming an innocent group of people.|
|—||She then proceeds to use the term “illegal immigrants”, argues the majority of asylum seekers are middle class (if they have money why are they risking their lives on rickety boats?), claim that asylum seekers get on boats because of greed for the Western life (instead of the fact that they mostly come from violent countries full of persecution), children are put on boats to trick authorities into sympathy (rather than the fact that the families of the children probably could only afford to save the children) and then says the solution is being tough on asylum seekers rather than people smugglers. If you are going to get on some shitty boat packed to the walls with people, I’m going to say you’re desperate and willing to tolerate anything. That doesn’t mean they should have to, we should be trying to help these people rather than making their lives that much harder. But no, Miranda thinks the real victims were the Howard government, which makes as much sense as offshore detention.|
|—||Maybe it was karma for demonizing asylum seekers, you know with all the lies about them throwing their children in the water.|