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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 »»»»

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 »»»»