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Royal Australian Navy Taxi service now off-line
Well if there is an upside to the Indonesian hissy-fit of Labor authorising phone tapping its this instruction to the Australian navy to stay out of Indonesia’s search and rescue zone. Frankly even when we have kissed and made up with SBY I think that the current restriction on our navy’s operations should continue for several very sound reasons.
Firstly it will be a mighty powerful disincentive to people who have may be seduced by the people smugglers to buy one of their poisoned tickets because as it stands the so called asylum seekers have been relying on our Navy being a virtual taxi service.
Secondly for a nation of islands it seems ridiculous that Indonesia can not provide adequate rescue capabilities in its own waters and its just not our job to provide an eternal back up service to take up their slack.
Thirdly we keep being told that the constant rescue operations are wearing out both our personnel and our hardware at a prodigious rate keeping our assets out of Indonesian waters will allow proper maintenance to be done and personnel to recharge their batteries.
Fourthly it will help the budget bottom line.
Now of course I expect the usual suspects to scream blue murder if a boat full of asylum seekers founders but in that unhappy event it will be the fault of Indonesia if any lives are lost but some how I don’t think it will come to that as long as the water-borne mendicants get the message that our taxi service is no longer an option.
- Indonesia spy row: talks have stalled, say Indonesians (theage.com.au)
- Indonesia refuses to take asylum seekers (skynews.com.au)
- Mid-ocean boat stand-off (smh.com.au)
- Australian Navy show off sub rescue capability Australian Navy show off sub rescue capability Read more posts and click here (h16613.com)
- PM says Indonesia at fault (theage.com.au)
Deal On Boats With Sri Lanka: Greens Should Be Ashamed
This is very good news indeed Comrade Yale, now if only we could do a similar deal with Indonesia we would have the problem nearly solved.
- Deal On Boats With Sri Lanka: Greens Should Be Ashamed (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Morrison defends decision to gift Navy patrol boats to Sri Lanka (abc.net.au)
- Former Customs patrol boats gifted to Sri Lanka (abc.net.au)
- PM’s boat gift to Sri Lanka under fire (theage.com.au)
- Abbott’s patrol boat diplomacy (smh.com.au)
Scams done in the name of Allah
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
“We’ll risk death – but not if door is closed’, asylum-seekers say” well I say close the door then.
The opening line of this piece from the OZ strikes me as the best evidence yet that changing the way that we treat those who arrive by sea in those infamous leaky boats is the key to the solution.
The answer is clear. We must close the door and if we want to make a better life for these would be immigrants then lets divert some of the the money that we save when the numbers in detention decline to helping to create economic opportunities for those in places like Cisarua.
makes sense to me Comrades
- What makes people get on a leaky boat from Indonesia? (thepunch.com.au)
- All at sea (theage.com.au)
- Don’t Come Here By Sea! (cafewhispers.wordpress.com)
- Time to call the asylum seeker ‘impasse’ what it really is (crikey.com.au)
The value of money when it comes to recruiting for criminal activities
Just imagine that someone here fronts up to a group of poor lads at a bus top here in Australia and suggests to a nineteen year old that if they agree to work on a boat for one voyage and for doing that they would be paid a what would amount to a year’s salary for the job. Surely the first thought going through that lads head would have to be that no one offers that much money for a simple job unless there is something dodgy about the offer, Something like it being either a scam illegal very dangerous or all of the of the above. Frankly I don’t think that Aussies would be any different to Indonesian lads when it comes to accepting such offers namely that if their greed overcomes their good sense and then they get caught its hard to to feel too much sympathy when they face a very harsh penalty for the laws that they have subsequently broken in pursuit of that easy money. I felt that way about the Bali Nine and I feel the same way about those Indonesian people smuggling crew who are being prosecuted and jailed for breaking our law.
The sins in play here with these crewmen and with the Bali Nine are precisely the same, Greed and wilful stupidity and an irrational belief that they would not get caught. Now from an Australian perspective it is easy to say that the “10 million rupiah (about $A1000)” is not a lot of money but to do that is not appropriate; we must view the amount of money from the perspective of the young man offered the stipend. To him that is a very big wedge indeed. Sadly minions of the left like our learned friend thinks that criminals such as this should be given a slap on the wrist and then sent home with “I love Australia Tee shirt*”
There is something sadly predictable about our learned friend’s argument. In the first instance he ignores the very long-standing principle that ignorance of the law is no excuse and that it should have no effect on the punishment received by law breakers. But further he makes the patronising assumption that because the chap in question is from a poor background has no concept of right or wrong and that as such he does not deserve whatever punishment the courts deliver.
Finally he cites, as an alternative, a very wishy-washy propaganda piece from the Greens even though it wouldn’t be in any sense a viable alternative. I suppose that it does show just why the Greens are so attractive to political theorists like our learned friend. They, like him, just love playing “what if” games based upon some “high minded principles” knowing full well that those ideas will never be put to the test in the real world.
The second boat in a week, Hmm definitely not a one off…
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 😉