For the seven days ending Friday 29 NOV, 9 illegals on 1 boat with 4 crew have been intercepted. This time last year, when Labor was in Gov't, 385 illegals on 7 boats with 8 crew were intercepted. Abbott's plan is working...
What a jolly good idea, they proudly thought. “Australian taxpayers would purchase leaking fishing boats from poor fishermen where intelligence identified they planned to sell them to people smugglers,” was announced with all the excitement of a first newborn.
Another stupid thought-bubble from Kevin Rudd, I thought with a smile. A final nail in the Labor coffin it would be. No, it was not Rudd’s gaff! This madness came from; Scott Morrison the Coalition’s Shadow Immigration Minister whom I thought had more sense. Where were you during John Howard’s gun buyback Scott?
This stratagem to buy old boats from Indonesian peasants will fail. In fact, it will be a political nightmare, as anyone who has been to Indonesia would know and two words cover it aptly—poverty and corruption.
Jakarta is furious over Abbott’s buyback plan and has responded already with its customary, “get stuffed Australia” response. Mahfudz Siddiq, the head of Indonesia’s parliamentary commission for foreign affairs said, “The Coalition wants to make Indonesia look inferior because they just want to provide money and ask Indonesians to get the job done for the sake of their interests.”
On Monday came the tragic news that another refugee boat had capsized about 200 km from Christmas Island drowning at least five although 106 survived due to the prompt action of Australian authorities.
The grim irony is that this latest disaster came on the last day of a conference in Indonesia on regional refugee policy attended by Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, and Immigration Minister, Tony Bourke. The Indonesian media was full of their message that refugees trying to reach Australia would only end up in Papua-New Guinea yet, demonstrably, this message was – and is – having no perceptible impact.
Bourke, who has previously said he has “intelligence” (apparently no irony intended) that the allegedly tough hard-line policy would see the boats stop, grudgingly admitted, “In the past few days, some of the smuggling operations have tried to put together a bit of a surge.”
From Shakespeare’s Julius Cesar are these words by Mark Antony:
The evil that men do lives after them, The good is oft interred with their bones…
Amen to that.
In the political sense, The evil that men do lives after them, equates to Kevin Rudd’s unprincipled foray upon our neighbours to the north, Manus Island, and Nauru the world’s smallest Republic. Ironically, Nauru is an island made of solid bird shit.
Only weeks ago the return of Rudd as PM forced him to face the fact that his dismantling of the Howard Pacific Solution to appease the Greens and other socialist idealists had become a disaster.
If Rudd was following the Julia Gillard compilation of asylum seeker policy drawn up during her days as shadow immigration minister, the goal is achieved as more than 50,000 have “rocked up” to our table of plenty since Labor came to power in 2007.
Having babysat UK’s little Prince George and taught him rudimentary oz-speak like “G’day sport”, “a schooner of Tooheys Old thanks Mate” and “stuff the tax office” Toby returned home via Italy where he was struck with déjà vu.
The little Italian island of Lampedusa is 11 square miles. Its population is about 4,500 – usually.
Until the “refugees” arrive. 50,000 in one year – 2011.
And what they do in Lampedusa is a vision of what is going to happen, happening, in Europe, England, Ireland… and here in Australia.