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Australia Slams The Door on Refugees

Posted: July 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Australia, Hard Pill to Swallow, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia Slams The Door on Refugees

Australia Slams The Door on RefugeesAustralia’s latest Prime Minister – Kevin Rudd – has slammed the door on asylum seekers attempting to enter the country by boat. Mr Rudd has confirmed a deal that will see asylum seekers sent to Papua New Guinea – PNG – for assessment, and if they are found to be genuine refugees, they’ll be resettled there.

PNG’s prime minister Peter O’Neill joined Mr Rudd in formally unveiling the plan in Brisbane on Friday. Mr Rudd says those found not to be refugees will be sent back to their own nations or a third country.

Mr Rudd says the deal with PNG is aimed at stopping “the scourge of people smuggling”. If nothing else the move is likely to polarize opinion on Australia’s treatment of refugees :: Read the full article »»»»


Australians Unite! A Nation Stands Against Cruelty To Cattle?

Posted: June 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., Michael Courtenay, No Sh_t Sherlock . . . | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australians Unite! A Nation Stands Against Cruelty To Cattle?

Refugees seeking asylum in Australia could help finance the  now troubled live cattle export industry in Australia?

A follow up to: “Australian Moral Empathy Leans Toward Cattle Not People”

OK, now the dust has settled, Australia spent yesterday celebrating it’s ability to stand up for Cows, we should all be congratulated!

Unfortunately we may have missed a couple of points.

1. The rights we fought for yesterday – the right to have cattle humainly slaughtered – in Indonesia, actually doesn’t take place in 100% of Australian Abitoirs, just ask the RSPCA

2. People pay more to get into Australia than Cows pay to get out, just ask a People Smuggler

On average refugees seeking asylum in Australia pay a people smuggler $US5000, if Austalia sanctioned the export of refugees from Indonesia – cutting out the middle man, people smugglers –  via cattleboat from Indonesia. Cattle at the moment are worth $400 per cow in Indonesia, the math on this isn’t Newtonian. A person Exported from Indonesia is worth 12 times that of a cow, now all we need to do is fill those empty cattleboats :: Read the full article »»»»


Australian Moral Empathy Leans Toward Cattle Over People

Posted: June 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Michael Courtenay, No Sh_t Sherlock . . . | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Moral Empathy Leans Toward Cattle Over People

If your anyplace near Australia and your sat in a boat, your better off being a cow!

“We are here because of animal welfare” Australian Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig banned live cattle from being sent to Indonesia for up to six months, costing $300 million, following a public outcry over their mistreatment of the animals in local abattoirs. While we are all for animal rights, we a definitely amused at what seems to be a growing hypocrisy in Australia’s moral based policies.

According to the Australian Bearau of Statistics – ABS –  At 30 June 2009, of the estimated resident population – ERP – of Australia – 22.0 million people – one quarter of Australias population were born overseas, that’s 5.8 million people, not born in Australia. This continues the historical trend of a high proportion of overseas-born among Australia’s population.

So what is the problem with – Boat People – Refugee’s seeking asylum in Australia are viewed with deep suspicion by Australians. With 1 in 4 Australians NOT being born in this nation, a history of population building based on immigration, what is it about Boat People that gets Australians so worried.

The answer has nothing to do with refugees, nor where they come from or how they arrive. The fear has everything to do with leadership, the lack of it on both sides of politics in Australia.

In 2010 Peter van Onselen wrote “Since 2007, opinion polls have continued to show that most Australians worry about illegal boat arrivals. Politicians are elected to reflect the public’s will. But they are also elected to lead. Showing more compassion for some of the world’s most marginalised people might not play to the masses, but a leader who encouraged the population to think that way would morph into a true statesman” :: Read the full article »»»»


Thousands of Tunisian Refugees Arrive in Italy

Posted: February 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip | Tags: | Comments Off on Thousands of Tunisian Refugees Arrive in Italy

Italian authorities are struggling to cope with thousands of Tunisian migrants  – fleeing civil unrest in Tunisia – who have arrived on the island of Lampedusa.

The International Organisation for Migration has called on the Italian government to fly the migrants, , to the Italian mainland as soon as possible.

More than 4,000 boat-borne asylum seekers have arrived on the island, off the coast of Tunisia, in the past few days. Italian authorities have asked the European Union border agency, Frontex, to help with what has been declared a humanitarian emergency.

A holding centre on the island designed for 850 people is currently holding thousands, with more arriving each day. The Tunisian government has refused requests from Italian authorities to intervene in Tunisian waters to try and turn the boats back.

Tunisian troops are now patrolling southern fishing ports, controlling access and checking identities in a bid to halt the Europe-bound exodus. On Monday armored vehicles moved through the town of Zarzis and blocked entry to the port where soldiers armed with Kalashnikovs and truncheons allowed only people identified as fishermen to enter. Several checkpoints have also been erected in the town :: Read the full article »»»»