…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I do not know who, beside the journalists, is taken in by Ms Sarah Hanson-Young ‘s crocodile tears she so readily sheds whenever she talks about the “boat asylum seekers”.
The mature 30 years old woman, though some of her colleagues at that age were “young and naive”, allegedly from a rich family and living the life of privilege, a community organiser a la Obama since her teenage years and who, but perhaps for a short stint as a bank teller, has never done a honest day of work in her life, feels entitled to brand everybody who does not agree with her unconditional approval of the marine importation of welfare-nirvana seekers as a racist. Somebody, with a sense of history and a turn of a phrase, could say” may well she cry, for nothing will absolve her from her responsibility for so many deaths”. More than 800 (estimated) human lives have been lost since her Greensparty and Labor’s Rudd and Gillard so cavalierly dismissed the previously successful anti-people smuggling policy of the Coalition government.
Royal Australian Navy now seems to be “rescuing” boats almost from the coast of Africa and bringing the pre-paid Australian-residents-to-be here. Neither ASIO, nor Australian Federal Police, nor the Immigration Department are brave enough to apply the law, weak and toothless as it is. It would mean going against the implied wishes of the Green/Labor machiavellians, who hope to bring in as many potential voters as possible, or at least enough of them to facilitate such a drain on the welfare system that it will collapse. It would allow them then, under the guise of emergency powers, to dispose of the remaining vestiges of democracy. There is of course an unpleasant possibility that the the significant weakening of welfare safeguards would lead to a racial backlash along the lines of the Greek militant Golden Dawn , providing the Left with another excuse to impose a form of socialist dictatorship.
The Labor dominated Australian Press Council is admonishing the Labor media lap dogs not to call the illegal immigrants illegal immigrants. But what else one can call them? Perhaps “illegal arrivals” or “unlawful entrants” ? They are certainly not asylum seekers, unless the Left changed the meaning of the word “asylum” and the “asylum seeking” now means “best welfare state shopping”. Australia is running the second largest “refugee” acceptance programme after USA, but as the morally weakest country providing the softest target for pseudo-refugees she undoubtedly leads.
Neither the people smugglers, nor, I hope, the Australian electorate took seriously Gillard’s belated semi-adoption of the “Nauru solution”. Without the will or any desire to implement both strict identity checks of illegal immigrants and a decisive deportation program, the Nauru-lite is just a cosmetic exercise for electoral purposes only. The queue-jumpers know they will be rewarded. The Green/Labor immigration policy and practice deliver a slap in the face of all the immigrants who worked hard and waited long to enter this country on a legal basis.
“Wouldn’t it be cheaper coming here by boat?” asked Blacktown’s Amanda Burr in a Street Talk item published in last Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph. “That’s why they’re risking their lives.” Not so, Amanda. Not so by up to 2000 per cent, although you’re far from alone in believing this. “If they had enough money to fly in, then presumably they’d just get a plane ticket,” a former Crikey correspondent argued in 2009. “Hell of a lot safer, and you don’t end up on Christmas Island.”
The reason many asylum seekers prefer boats to planes is because airlines and customs require passports. Money isn’t an issue. You can currently jag a flight from Jakarta to Sydney aboard Malaysia Airlines for just $439 one way, if you shop around. Sure, there’s an annoying stopover in Kuala Lumpur, but that’s still got to beat the possibility of drowning, right?
Wrong. “Asylum seekers certainly do not catch boats because it is the cheaper way to travel — not at the going people-smuggler rates of $5,000 to $10,000 per person,” Mike Steketee wrote last week in The Global Mail. You pay a massive premium to travel passport-free because immigration authorities are then less able to check your background. [Tim Blair – full article]
The sordid connections between the Greensparty, most of the refugee advocates, some immigration officials, the Australian Labor Party and the smugglers will need a Royal Commission or two to sort out. In the meantime bear in mind that the high moral ground Sarah Hanson-Young and others of her ilk are claiming is nothing but a heap of human skulls. Eight hundred so far.