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Andrew Leigh speaks for the refugees

By johnboy - 12 May 2011 34

Canberra’s member for Fraser has blogged his latest speech to parliament on the subject of refugees:

The arrival numbers in Australia are actually very small compared to global asylum seeker applications. The paper makes the point that, in 2009, Australia received 6,170 asylum seeker applications, which is just 1.6 per cent of the 377,160 applications received by the 44 industrialised nations for which the UNHCR tracks figures. Of those 44 nations, Australia was ranked 16th overall and 21st on a per capita basis. It is critical to put the numbers into perspective and to remember that Australia has a long and proud history of accepting refugees for resettlement.

Many people who have come to Australia and made vast contributions to our wellbeing—I am thinking back here to people like Frank Lowy and the many people who came to Australia at the end of the Vietnam War—have made valuable contributions to our society. Australia is better off for being a destination that has welcomed refugees into our midst.

Courageous stuff, a pity he doesn’t point out the vast numbers of illegals who arrive on planes which puts the boat people in the shade. (But they’re mostly white and overstaying their visas.)

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Andrew Leigh speaks for the refugees
georgesgenitals 3:08 pm 12 May 11

Jim Jones said :

Captain RAAF said :

Jim Jones said :

Captain RAAF said :

I have no problem with the refugees, just the countries attitudes and ideals they bring with them!

Which ones?

Turks, Croats, Lebanese and all people of the Muslim faith.

What attitudes and ideals that these people hold do you object to?

None of them support the Serberians.

georgesgenitals 2:56 pm 12 May 11

I’ve always thought we should simply apply to UN test for refugee status on persons claiming asylum. If they pass, let ’em in, if they don’t, send ’em home.

The problem, of course, is determining their true origin and history.

Jim Jones 2:56 pm 12 May 11

Pommy bastard said :

How many of what are called “refugees” or “asylum seekers” are actually just economic migrants?

None.

Have a look at the UNHCR guidelines – if you’re solely an economic migrant, then you don’t meet the qualifications for refugee status.

Jim Jones 2:54 pm 12 May 11

Captain RAAF said :

Jim Jones said :

Captain RAAF said :

I have no problem with the refugees, just the countries attitudes and ideals they bring with them!

Which ones?

Turks, Croats, Lebanese and all people of the Muslim faith.

What attitudes and ideals that these people hold do you object to?

Pommy bastard 2:39 pm 12 May 11

How many of what are called “refugees” or “asylum seekers” are actually just economic migrants?

In the UK thousands of people arrive claiming refugee status, however many if not most will have travelled through countries (Italy, Switzerland, France,) equally capable of giving them refuge, however they prefer to travel on to the UK.

johnboy 1:53 pm 12 May 11

Captain RAAF said :

Jim Jones said :

Captain RAAF said :

I have no problem with the refugees, just the countries attitudes and ideals they bring with them!

Which ones?

Turks, Croats, Lebanese and all people of the Muslim faith.

So Tamils are OK then?

homeone 1:43 pm 12 May 11

Andrew Leigh – Every time I hear him I wonder how Keating would describe him.

He nods well …

Captain RAAF 1:40 pm 12 May 11

Jim Jones said :

Captain RAAF said :

I have no problem with the refugees, just the countries attitudes and ideals they bring with them!

Which ones?

Turks, Croats, Lebanese and all people of the Muslim faith.

colourful sydney rac 1:09 pm 12 May 11

Captain RAAF said :

I have no problem with the refugees, just the countries attitudes and ideals they bring with them!

I think it is a fair bet that most asylum seekers are tryin to get away form their countries ‘attitudes and ideals’.

vg 12:31 pm 12 May 11

Spend a couple of weeks on Christmas Island, see if your hearts stop bleeding so much

chewy14 12:10 pm 12 May 11

“Courageous stuff, a pity he doesn’t point out the vast numbers of illegals who arrive on planes which puts the boat people in the shade. (But they’re mostly white and overstaying their visas.)”

Are Chinese people white are they? Learn something new every day.

Holden Caulfield 11:40 am 12 May 11

I think it’s good that this sort of info gets as much public airing as possible, if you believe the tabloid media, oh and Mr Rabbit, you’d think we were being swamped in the tens and hundreds of thousands.

For further perspective, it’s also not a bad idea to compare the numbers of boat arrivals to the number of our annual humanitarian refugee intake as well.

The mostly white overstayers (eg. backpacker types) will generally be happy to return from whence they came once busted, so while it’s true there are a lot who do overstay their visas like that, the long term effect can be quite different.

Jim Jones 11:40 am 12 May 11

Captain RAAF said :

I have no problem with the refugees, just the countries attitudes and ideals they bring with them!

Which ones?

Captain RAAF 10:55 am 12 May 11

I have no problem with the refugees, just the countries attitudes and ideals they bring with them!

colourful sydney rac 9:49 am 12 May 11

‘a pity he doesn’t point out the vast numbers of illegals who arrive on planes which puts the boat people in the shade’

This. Also if someone arrives by plane and claims asylum they remain in the community while there claim is assessed, and, have a much lower rate of being granted asylum than boat arrivals.

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