Ah isn’t this story a beauty? To may mind it shows the utter contempt that so many followers of the “religion of peace” have for our secular institutions and the generosity of our governments towards private eduction providers:
Now if this was a school being run by Christians there would be a huge outrage from the the latte sippers demanding that all government funds be withdrawn from all private schools but my guess is that the usual suspects will begin to claim that this school has been targeted because of “Islamophobia” and or bigotry. Rorting is still rorting and that brings me to my second citation this morning which is the Paul Sheehan‘s piece in the Fairfax press about the amount of monetary assistance that is offered to the so those who arrive on the boats, many of whom are followers of the same faith as Mr Patel
Under intense political pressure, the federal government is emptying the detention centres by issuing bridging visas which allow detainees to enter the community, work, and receive welfare benefits before their final status has been determined. This has slashed the average time spent in detention from nine months to three months but the quicker turnover has compressed the scrutiny process.
Some of the high take-up of welfare payments among asylum seekers and refugees is being recycled into bringing relatives to Australia, including via people smugglers.
The Royal Australian Navy is being used as a pick-up service by people smugglers who call navy vessels to advise them of their need for assistance.
Little wonder that numbers are exploding. In the three years before the election of the Rudd government, 71 people arrived on 10 illegal boats. It took a year for the impact of Labor’s dismantling of the previous border security regime to kick in. Over the past three years 341 illegal boats have brought 20,248 asylum-seekers. Another 363 have drowned. Uncounted others have perished or turned back.
All these problems are personified by ”Captain Emad”, who fled Australia in June even though he had been under investigation by police. The man, Abu Khalid, was a people smuggler who came to Australia by passing himself off as an asylum seeker. He brought his wife, three children and a grandchild. All received refugee status, settled in Canberra and were provided with public housing despite using different identities to those they used to enter Indonesia from Iraq. Yet even after Khalid’s activities were exposed by the ABC’s Four Corners program, he was allowed to leave.
Systemic deceit has been rewarded by systemic support. Even some asylum seekers who have avoided immigration control, destroyed their identity documents and not yet had their claims decided are eligible for support under the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme.
Among the benefits that can be made available to those granted protection visas, and those granted refugee status, is a one-off household formation package of up to $9850. Families can be eligible for education assistance of up to $9220. People granted refugee status become eligible for welfare payments immediately without having to wait the two-year period set for immigrants. Single applicants are eligible for a Newstart Allowance. Parents are eligible for Centrelink’s parenting payment. Refugees, and some on bridging visas, also receive Medicare assistance for medical, hospital, dental, medicine and optical costs. Mobile phones are provided to those who arrive as unaccompanied minors.
This is the honeypot that has combined with civil strife to cause entire villages to empty in Sri Lanka and thousands of young men to travel from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan to get on illegal boats to Australia.
The viral email about Australia’s generosity to refugees may be wrong in its details, but the truth is a story of government gullibility without end.
- Asylum seekers playing us for mugs: Abbott
- Asylum seeker’s Aussie-only SOS plea
- Asylum rush on for ‘good’ Gillard
My bold in the quotes