When i wrote about the first of the Rudd regime boat arrivals my leftist commentators were so keen to down play the implications of that event .
A SECOND boatload of illegal migrants has been intercepted in the Timor Sea while heading for Australia, undermining an assurance by the Rudd Government that Labor’s softening of its refugee policy has not been exploited by people smugglers.
A wooden fishing boat carrying 17 people, believed to be three crew and 14 passengers, landed at an offshore oil facility called the Front Puffin in the Timor Sea at 1.30pm AEST yesterday.
The Front Puffin is located at the Puffin oil field, which is in Australian waters about 700km west of Darwin.
The people in the fishing boat, who are understood to be from the Middle East, were later picked up by the navy. Last night, they were en route to Christmas Island, where they will join a second boatload of suspected asylum-seekers who arrived almost exactly a week before them.
Immigration Minister Chris Evans denied the latest arrival was a consequence of Labor’s recent changes in policy.
“While people smugglers have continued to be active, regional governments have been effective in preventing people-smuggling activities in recent times,” Senator Evans said.
Are there any actual facts to back up your assertion that we will see more boat people in the future? Can you inexorably link any such increase to the policy implemented by Rudd?
The first question has been very clearly answered in the affirmative and the second seems to be very well supported by circumstantial evidence as well.
and Mark L demanded
This is an astonishing bit of crystal ball-gazing on your part, Iain. I trust that in a year’s time, if the quantity of boat people hasn’t increased as per your forecast, you’ll admit that you’re wrong? That’s if you don’t shift those goalposts again.
Perhaps Mark and Keri should be eating the humble pie and admit that they are the ones who were wrong on this issue.
Cue Leftist wriggling and “yeah but, no but, yeah” Vicky Pollard impersonations 😉