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Boat problem will sink the Government
Chris Bowen finally made himself available to discuss the embarrassing situation with asylum seeker policy. He told Howard Sattler he thinks the Greens are naive when it comes to this issue.
Enough already. This will never be solved by debate between two political parties. I think though I speak for the majority when I say - We all have compassion for this situation. What the average
Aussie feels is that his way of life is under dire threat. MULTICULTURALISM does NOT work.!! Yes we have had European immigrants come and assimilate but MUSLIMS are completely different. They look on us as the inferior people and have no intention of changing - that's what the average Aussie feels / thinks. Trouble is - if you mention this like I'm doing you are branded a RACIST. We cannot win so therefore bugger them - let's just not bother!Chris Saturday 7 July, 2012 - 3:28 PM
Am I stupid, or what ("what" probably, but that's just an incidental aside)?
Why, in my "or what" mind can I not comprehend that people who take a rickety boat into this country seeking refuge are deserving of punishment?
And why should the sins of the few (ie "people smugglers") somehow persuade us to taint the desperate?
Who separates the rotten apples and where and how?
I'd rather try to count the stars than attempt to figure humanity.Dellas Wednesday 4 July, 2012 - 6:06 PM
Sink this so called "Government", We can only hope. I hope we can go to the polls sooner rather than later for the sake of the Country.
I trust the citizens of this Country have now seen for themselves, the folly of allowing minority political parties and Independents to have so much power.
I wish the "soft left media" would stop talking up Rudd(L.Oakes) when there is a bad Gillard poll, that Egotist gave us the current immigration "Policy".
Angry, you'd better believe it.
P.S. I am a former member of both the TWU and the AMWU lest you you think me a liberal party stoogeDrew Witham Tuesday 3 July, 2012 - 7:38 PM
Apparently I am designed to have to suffer this debate, day after day. My problem is; I think I know what this occurance is called - People Smuggling. I think I know it's carried out by criminals (as far as Australian Law is concerned). And that's it!! See what my problem is? It's no more complicated than that. Individuals that commit crimes against Australia once they cross our borders. Why then would any government be complict in a crime? We know where they come from, where the boats leave from. Probably we know when they leave, and how many are onboard, maybe who's onboard. Where is it complicated on what to do? Our jails are full of people who commit crimes, no problem deciding their fate. Go see the governments that let them leave their ports. Tell them we are roundly pi55ed. Tell them no more aid and no more trade if they continue. Ahh ha!! is that what it's about - trade/money? The biggest human business since slavery, wrongly named, wrongly described in the media, and wrongly accepted because most people think it's something it's not. --How disgraceful, surely the UN won't approve of this when they find out.backlasher Tuesday 3 July, 2012 - 6:29 PM
I'd like to hear more about what Gerry has got say here. I heard Gerry Georgatos after Ross Taylor on Paul Murray's show yesterday and found what Gerry had to say enlightening though it teased because he only had a minute. Would be interesting to have Gerry on the show for Howard or Paul when they take on Chris Bowen and Scott Morrison and Sarah Hanson-Young. I didn't really agree with what Ross was saying but I think I'm with Gerry on refugees.Daniel Ellsberg Tuesday 3 July, 2012 - 1:15 PM
I called in hoping to correct some of Bowen's comments. BTW Howard Mandatory Detention in Australia costs more than 1.5 billion per year something that Bowen was avoiding commenting on. The budget blows out every year. The money they spend on Detention is the sort of money they were looking to reap from a super profits mining tax!
Also Christopher Bowen was not exactly honest about how regional camps work, and how they could work - in the end the camps in the 1980s for the Vietnamese and Cambodians, Galang in Indonesia and Hei Ling Chau in Hong Kong had UNHCR personnel, Australian personnel, and NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Children. Not everyone came directly to Australia and the majority were resettled for instance to Australia from such camps, not pretty places however.
The moral leadership for high resettlement was actually Andrew Peacock, and supported by Malcolm Fraser.
I'd love to explain what really was the case...
Gerry GeorgatosGerry Georgatos Monday 2 July, 2012 - 9:55 PM