To my mind what has made the Labor party a laughing stock on the issue of illegal boat arrivals has not just been their wilful blindness to the realities of the situation, but their political cowardice which has held them captive to the far left open-doorists who would believe every manufactured sob story told by the water borne mendicants who have been arriving in ever increasing numbers during Labor’s tenure in the lodge. It is only now that they seem to be finding the courage to to do what they should have been doing form the start, namely insist that those mendicants should make a convincing case to demonstrate that they meet the criteria of an “asylum seeker”.
Labor are to be applauded for finally finding the courage to quickly deport some of the latest chancers from Sri Lanka:
But Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has now approved the use of stricter assessment of whether asylum seekers claims actually trigger Australia’s international obligations, following a spike in arrivals from Sri Lanka.
“As with the particular case of those people returned to Sri Lanka last week, there are powers available to the government to return people where they do not engage Australia’s international obligations and, when appropriate, we certainly intend to use them,” Mr Bowen said.
The virtual turn-back policy gives effect to the demands by the Coalition but does not risk lives at sea by simply turning boats back. Instead, people would be returned by plane in cases where their claims were not deemed credible.
Figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph reveal the government has been successful in slowing the number of asylum seekers from Iran and Afghanistan, however, the number of Sri Lankan arrivals has spiked recently – jumping since the end of May when under 400 arrived, to more than 1200 in October.
Mr Bowen confirmed last night that 26 new arrivals from Sri Lanka had been refused entry and were aboard a special flight back.
“The single adult males, who arrived by boat at Christmas Island and Cocos Islands earlier this week, were advised of their status and that they were subject to removal from Australia,” Mr Bowen said.
“They raised no issues that engaged Australia’s international obligations.
“Without a valid visa, they had no legal right to remain in Australia and were removed at the earliest opportunity.”
Four Iraqis and two Iranian men were voluntarily flown home from Nauru yesterday. p
Of course the fact that it has taken so long for their collective balls to drop on the issue is a very good reason that they should be condemned, especially for the huge cost of their ineptitude. It is also good to see that some of the mendicants sent to Nauru have gone home. Now if only Labor were to make sure that ALL asylum seekers who arrive without invitation were denied permanent residency then we might solve the problem. because its permanent residency that draws the boats here not the need for “asylum”.
- Boat people to be sent home (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- Bowen details Sri Lankan expulsion (bigpondnews.com)
- No-advantage rule told to those on Nauru (bigpondnews.com)
- 14 Sri Lankan asylum seekers sent home (news.smh.com.au)