Yesterday, it was revealed in The Australian that since the government announced its Malaysian solution six boats have arrived in Australia carrying 274 asylum seekers. With the Malaysian’s reluctance to backdate the agreement, each and everyone one of those 274 asylum seekers are likely to be processed in Australia.
How extraordinary, considering that if Gillard ever gets this shonky deal with Malaysia signed, only 800 asylum seekers who come to Australia illegally are going to be deported to Malaysia! The quid pro quo in the bargain is that Australia will resettle 4000 of Malaysia’s refugees over four years and will pay the Malaysian government an as-yet-undisclosed amount of money.
Last year 6879 asylum seekers tried to come to Australia illegally by boat. That’s almost 19 people every day. If that rate were to continue and the next 800 illegal arrivals were deported to Malaysia then in 43 days’ time Australia will have used up the Prime Minister’s quota and all other illegal arrivals after that would still have to be processed in Australia.
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Look, I didn’t want to interfere but it seems the Government just can’t do it without me, so here it is. Please pass on to your local spin doctor.
1. Stick to your guns
Honestly kids, I just can’t say this enough: People would much prefer an honest person saying something they disagree with than a liar telling them what they want to hear. The ALP’s policy is for a more humane approach to asylum seekers and abiding by our international obligations under the UN charter.
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How many people who describe asylum seekers as queue jumpers, “illegals” or part of some terrorist conspiracy have ever actually met an asylum seeker, and tried to work out whether it’s true?
Given that we don’t actually have many asylum seekers in Australia, chances are it’s very few.
Why not talk to an asylum seeker? Pick one who’s exhausted their appeal, who’s now waiting at Villawood. Ask them why they’re now so desperate, that they go on hunger strikes, or they sew up their lips. Ask them whether they’ve actually had a fair hearing.