Category Archives: Border Control
Apparently today, 30 odd schools in the Edmund Rice Australian Network across Australia are going to use students as political pawns to protest the detention of children in Australia’s detention centres.
From St Bernard’s College web site;
This Friday 17th October at 11.35 am students, parents and staff will sit in silent protest in the school grounds with their mouths taped and their hands tied. We aim to raise awareness in our communities of the shameful policies of the Australian Government and the Federal Opposition that are affecting the mental health of more than one thousand children currently being held in detention.
I wonder what action the schools took when thousands drowned under the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government and why aren’t they protesting at the fact that the parents of these kids in detention created the circumstances affecting their mental health by placing their kids in danger on the high seas in the first place.
Oh for the days of my youth when teachers taught language, science an maths and left their politics at home.
Manus Island in trouble as Asylum seekers escape from the compound and are subsequently attacked by locals.
One asylum seeker has died, another is critically injured with a head injury while a third asylum seeker has been shot on a second night of violence in Manus Island, Immigration Minster Scott Morrison has confirmed.
Speaking to reporters in Darwin, Mr Morrison said the person died while on their way to hospital for treatment and 77 people have been injured, 13 seriously. The critically injured asylum seeker has been flown to Australia for treatment along with the gun-shot victim.
Mr Morrison said those asylum seekers who ”breached” the perimeter of the centre were putting themselves in danger and were subjecting themselves to the response of the local law.
”If people choose to remove themselves from that centre then they’re obviously putting themselves at much greater risk and in an environment where there is violent behaviour,” he said.
This was always on the cards with the asylum seekers getting treated far better than the locals, jealousy is bound to fester.
UPDATE: Tuned into ABC to see their take on the matter to be hit with several minutes of Sara Hanson-Young ratting on about the Abbott government’s caused the death by maintaining Manus Island as a detention centre for these people.
This from earlier asylum seeker deaths;
THE absolute moral perversion of the Australian left is again dramatically apparent. Our leftists are actually more upset that lives are being saved by Tony Abbott’s government than they ever were by the deaths of asylum seekers under the previous Labor government.
This remarkable state of affairs is personified by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who memorably burst into tears two years ago over the plight of a woman who sold her jewellery to finance a people smuggler.
In 2011, after an asylum seeker vessel sank with the loss of 200 lives, Hanson-Young was asked if the Greens accepted any responsibility for the deaths. “Of course not,” the senator dismissively replied. “Tragedies happen, accidents happen.”
The Australian Human Rights Commission says a national inquiry is needed into the handling of children in detention because the immigration department has refused to cooperate with it.
Professor Triggs said the human rights body wanted to know more about the mental health impacts of detention, how children are being treated “when they’re manifesting conditions of extreme anxiety”, and why some are transferred offshore to Nauru and other are not.
Which is fine but I question why the Human Rights Commission never felt the need for a national inquiry whilst Rudd and Gillard were in power. It’s not as if there weren’t any kids in detention over those six years – there were hundreds – but somehow that was different. I further note they didn’t feel the need for an inquiry about the hundreds of kids drowned over these six years.
What am I missing?
The ABC maintain their bias as they do their best to denigrate the Abbott government. Their mode of attack this week has been to acuse our sailors of torturing boat people with scurrilous statements by “they would say that” type boat people being presented as fact.
The asylum-seekers claimed the burns were a result of being forced to hold hot engine pipes by navy personnel. They also alleged they were badly beaten by navy personnel before their boat was turned back to Rote Island on New Year’s Day.
The pic offers proof that the hands have been burned, not that the burns were inflicted by a sailor, although the ABC presents it as fact.
The Australian heads their coverage with “ABC sticking to its story as ‘abuse’ doubts mount” while the Abbott hating Fairfax guys at The Age, totally in step with the ABC , says “Secrecy on boat policy leaves navy vulnerable”
The anti Conservative media are on a campaign to denigrate the government and this is just another battle in their campaign. To quote assylum seekers without question, when it is obviously in the seekers interests to claim “they beat me up etc”, is unproffessional and needs calling to order. The ABC is the voice of Australia throughout the Pacific region courtesy of the Gillard governments handing them the contract without going to tender, so you can imagine how our reputation suffers. In their attempts to make Abbott look bad they are making Australia look bad. Millions of uneducated Moslims in the region still believe that Bush was responsible for 9/11 so they are very susceptable to believing the fact-deprived propaganda of the ABC.
Week after week the ABC are being called to order over their bias and yet the government have done nothing to address the inbalance. Where are you Malcom?
From The Age;
Allegations of orchestrated abuse occasioning actual bodily harm have been made by asylum seekers against this country’s Navy. The allegations are extremely serious and appear to be backed up by photographic evidence.
If proved, they would constitute torture by our military and would shred Australia’s international standing.
A picture of someones burnt hand does not constitute ‘a serious allegation backed up by photographic eveidence‘ In the absence of something like a pic of a Aussie sailor forcing the hand of a asylum seeker onto a hot exhaust pipe then the media need to shut up.
It ain’t evidence that our sailors did anything but Mark Kenny, the Age’s Chief political correspondent, somehow or other believes it does – based on what Mark?
With a general election due in Indonesia later this year, election rhetoric in Jakarta is simply grandstanding by would-be politicians going for re-election or election and will have little input on the whole picture. Indonesia doesn’t need 10,000 foreigners camping in their backyard while they wait for passage to the land of the big handout so saner heads in Jakarta are keeping quiet and letting it run its natural course.
Abbott will win out in the end.
SENATORS are demanding more answers from Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on asylum-seeker incidents amid expert advice on the power of the parliament to force the disclosure.
The chairwoman of the federal committee, Greens senator Penny Wright, said: “There is an expectation in the Australian public that the executive will be accountable . . . It is a really important democratic principle and there is a great concern in the community about the government’s lack of information about people arriving by boat.”
Yes Penny, the executive need to be accountable and as I understand it Abbott promised to slow down then stop the boats and he is doing exactly that.
I also understand that the Greens don’t want that to happen at all. They are on record as wanting open borders so Penny is really saying she just hates the way Abbott is protecting our borders. Seriously though, with all the noise across the media about the government’s handling of the situation and with or without expert advice on the parliament forcing disclosure, out in the public arena the majority of people are happy with how it is all turning out.
The boats are stopping and that is all the disclosure we need.
IMMIGRATION Minister Scott Morrison has been labelled brutal for banning new permanent protection visas for asylum seekers already in Australia.
Mr Morrison has used his ministerial powers to put an immediate cap on the number of protection visas for people who have arrived by boat. That means the number has been limited to 1650 until at least July next year, when the cap will be reset.
Another nail in the coffin of the illegal people smugglers and if the ALP/Greens don’t like it then it will be good for the country.
The minister blames Labor and the Greens for playing parliamentary games by combining in the Senate on Monday to scuttle the coalition’s re-introduction of temporary protection visas (TPVs).
Greens MP Adam Bandt condemned both Mr Morrison and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for “acting like thugs” and leaving refugees in permanent limbo.
“What a way to treat some of the world’s most vulnerable people who have come here seeking help,” Mr Bandt told reporters.
“This is a government that is revealing its former brutality day by day.”
TPVs allow boat people to work so when ALP/Greens dissallow the reintroduction of TPVs exactly who are the”thugs”? I reject the Greens definition of boat people as vulnerable as it presumes that they are all fleeing persecution when in fact we know that is not the case.
Labor MP Kelvin Thomson disagreed with Mr Morrison’s description of the disallowance motion as an “own goal” for Labor and the Greens, and voiced disappointment the refugee intake will not reach the former Labor government’s 20,000 a year.
Different subject Kelvin – the subject is: How do we fix up the ALPs Open
Border Slather policy, regain some sovereignty and take the initiative away from the smugglers?
Your mob stuffed it up, the Australian people voted for a solution so listen to them and help us fix it.
Otherwise, shut up
I have been medically indisposed of late occassioned by dental surgery and all its associated side effects. The surgeons “discomfort” became my “pain” and I become a grumpy version of my old self. Whilst so incapacitated, unable to defend myself let alone the realm, my country was attacked by an enemy within.
I was beside myself with rage as the ABC took the side of the enemy and told the world our espionage secrets and defended same by saying it was “in the public interest”
NO IT WASNT!! The only interest served was that of attempting to destabalize the Abbott government and their attempts to resolve the illegal boat people issue left them by the previous incompetant government . The ABC’s irrational hatred of Abbott and conservatism generally led to their huge break from protocol.
I have some skin in the Indonesian/Australian relationships where as a young soldier I was hustled off to the RAAF Language School to study Bahasa Indonesia for 12 months as part of defences answer to the problems of Bung Karno announcing he was going to attack Australia on New Years Day and, in fact, was already attacking Malaya/Malaysia over the border between Borneo and Kalimentan. On graduation most linguists were detailed to Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), then at Albert Park Barracks (now Australian Signals Directorate and at Canberra) whilst some would be sent off with Infantry Battalions to help in the “Confrontasi” campaign. Of course, being an infantryman I was hoping to get a posting to Borneo rather than be sitting in Melbourne with headseats on listening to the Indons.
Think about it, I was young, smart and fit and joined the Army for adventure, not to become a spook in a dimly lit room in a mainland city. I wanted to travel overseas to experience other cultures and, if on learning their culture, found them to be dangerous to the Australian way of life or to our citizens whom I had sworn to defend then yes, I was prepared to take whatever measures necessary to defend my country up to and including killing them.
As it happened the Vietnam War overtook events at the time and I did neither and had to quickly adapt to another Asian language although my basic premise of defending my country and its people by extreme means become much more relevant than if I had been sent to Borneo. It was a much bigger war.
Few Australians are aware of the Australians involvement in the war against Indonesia. The Indons called it Konfontasi which translates like you think it would, Politicians and the ever loving media wouldn’t call it a war but my mates who were killed and wounded did.
One such mate, Jack, involved in Claret Operations was wounded during an ambush of Indons moving through an Aussie ambush. He was evacuated and confronted by the media at the airport who questioned him about his wounds and the action he was involved in. Amongst other things he said it “was liking shooting ducks”
The government were furious but maintained the fiction that the ambush happened in Malaysian territory and he got away with his politically incorrect language and went on to serve twice in Vietnam.
So with that background you would understand me when I call Scott’s decision to reveal these details as treason and I would suggest his days are numbered. The hypocracy of him complaining about the leak of Journo’s salaries, claiming the detail were commercial in confidence when the ABC is a public body, when considered in the light of his release of sensitive material that has damaged the country, is breathtaking .
Abbott will, I imagine, play the scene quietly and in due course it will fade somewhat but next year, when the Senate make-up changes, if he doesn’t do something about the anti-Australian ABC I will be both surprised and disappointed.
The ALP’s handling of the matter needs some work considering they caused the problem in the first place when Rudd authorised the taps on SBY and his wife. Shorten says he is offering bipartisan support but suggesting Abbott apologise like Obama did to Merkel simply shows his ignorance. The international rule of diplomacy is “neither confirm nor deny” allegations of spying.
Shorten needs to prove his bipartisanship by silencing his court of fools. Pilbersek cites “missteps from this government from day one”.
“The announcement of the turnback the boats and buy back the boats policies before the government was elected were very troubling for Indonesians,” she said.
“They didn’t like the fact that people in Australia were making plans for what would happen on Indonesian soil and in Indonesian waters without talking to the Indonesians, so the relationship was under strain, and this … kind of pushed it a little bit further along that strained path.”
Actually Abbott had been talking to the Indons until the treasonous ABC pointed out the ALP governments actions.
She needs to be careful about fanning the flames of political confusion, where she suggests the Coalition and Abbott were responsibile for stress in the relationship lest a spark be ignited that reminds the public just who cause the whole furore in the first place.
The enemies I have fought were at least honest about their intentions. The bastards at the ABC claim citizenship and a $ billion a year to attack the very people they are meant to serve.
They need to be brought to heel.
THE Indonesian navy has slammed the Abbott government’s plans to turn back asylum-seeker boats, warning that the policy is “too risky” and could cost lives at sea.
In the latest of a string of objections coming out of Jakarta, a senior navy official says the Prime Minister’s plan to force boats back would also unfairly shift the burden of dealing with the asylum-seeker problem back on Indonesia.
Major Andy Apriyanto, the head of policy for the Indonesian Maritime Security Coordinating Board, said Tony Abbott needed to drop the plan or he would be responsible for risking lives.
“What they need to do is to revise their own policy,” Major Andy said.
I don’t care what position the Major holds he is not a senior Navy Official – Majors do not get involved in Foreign Affairs and are at best mid level executives. I know, I was one and if I had been so stupid as to be quoted in the foreign press as slamming another countries policies I would have retired as a Private soldier.
Where do the journalists dig up these quotes?
CHRISTMAS Island administrator Jon Stanhope says he would consider quitting the post if the federal government tried to gag residents from talking about asylum-seeker arrivals.
Go now John. The government aren’t gagging the Christmas Isalnders, in fact they aren’t gagging anyone. They are just slowing down the media frenzy and Mr Morrison and deputy chief of army Angus Campbell will give weekly media briefings about Operation Sovereign Borders, the coalition’s asylum seeker and border protection exercise.
The first such briefing is due today.
The Abbott government says it won’t constantly update the public on boat arrivals because it wants to starve people smugglers of information.
As Morrison says; That way we can say what we have done over the week rather than what we might do a la the ALP
That’s how adults do it John but seeing you are an ALP Appointment for Mates you most probably aren’t aware of this and, could I remind, you that you have a new paymaster now and making threats is not a good look.
MR Palmer says the federal government’s position on not issuing visas to asylum seekers fleeing Indonesia fuelled the people smuggling trade.
The mining tycoon said the government should allow asylum seekers to pay their own plane fare into Australia.
The government already does this. After the UN have processed asylum seekers those that are accepted into Australia are issued visas and can fly in. I know, Clive is talking about the boat people but he shows his confusion here – the boat people, on the whole, are not asylum seekers. They are simply people who have decided to migrate to Australia because of our standards of living, not to mention our social security payments, and they have done so without having the manners to ask us if we want them.
He waffles on:
“We can say ‘you can buy a ticket if you believe you’re a refugee and you can come to Australia in normal transport at one tenth the cost’,” he told journalists at the Federal Liberal party conference in Melbourne on Saturday.
“The ones that get here, allow them to be processed; the ones that are not legitimate, send them back on the next flight.”
That’s insane! There would be a rush for airline tickets as hundreds of thousands of potential immigrants booked passage to Australia. If they can just fly in from Indonesia, why couldn’t they fly in from anywhere. The message would flash around the world that for the price of an airticket you can get into Australia and when you get there, the country would be so swamped with potential immigrants saying “I feel threatened in my home country of “pick any country and invent horror stories” that the government would lose control.
Why is it that people take this man seriously?