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Job vacancy: Asylum seeker turnaround project

By John Hargreaves - 15 June 2015 110

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JOB VACANCY – ASYLUM SEEKER TURNAROUND PROJECT

The Commonwealth Government is inviting expressions of interest for multiple positions in its Border Protection Force.

Job description

  • Identify boat load of asylum seekers by boat manifest or physical evidence
  • Advise to Royal Australian Navy and Customs vessels that applicant has the required number of asylum seekers
  • Advise to RAN and Customs that asylum seekers intention is to cross into Australian jurisdiction to achieve a landing on Australian soil to seek protection from persecution
  • Show evidence of sufficient fuel supplies to exit Australian waters
  • Show evidence of how much fuel is needed to achieve landfall in another receiving jurisdiction, in order that RAN and Customs can deliver sufficient fuel supplies or zodiacs to achieve that landfall
  • Command of English sufficient to engage in financial transaction
  • Upon finalisation of financial transaction, vessels should sail to any jurisdiction and not proceed any further to Australia

Qualifications

  • Ownership of vessel or evidence of rental of same, wooden and leaky option preferred
  • Captain’s qualifications obtained in any nation other than Australia
  • Previous experience in people smuggling, desirable
  • Demonstrated lack of empathy to plight of passengers and demonstrated ignorance of basic human rights
  • Ability to count, in Australian dollars, up to $50,000

References

References are not required. However, previous experience will be rewarded by additional payments if it can be established that regular deliveries can be arranged.

Additional information

This is an unconscionable position to take in people smuggling and applicants need to acknowledge that they are participating in a new dimension in people smuggling and transitioning.

Applicants need to be aware that they will attract the condemnation of the Australian public but the approval of the Prime Minister of Australia, and the Minister for Immigration (affectionately called the Minster for Preventing Immigration).

Payments made by RAN or Customs officials on behalf of the Australian Government will be Australian tax free but will be denied by Australian officials as they will be deemed to never have taken place.

Applicants may co-operate with Indonesian police on the condition that they freely deliver the fee negotiated at sea to that police force without any caveats. Receipts from the Indonesian police will not be recognised by the Australian government.

Applicants will be required to declare on the Koran, Bible or Hindu Holy Book that they know nothing, and attest that they abide by the principle of non-recollection.

Expressions of interest need to be forwarded by vessel at time on encounter with RAN or Customs vessels.

EOIs need not be in English but can be conveyed in Indonesian, Sri Lankan or any other Asian language, including sign language. Interpreters can be provided on request.

Applications can be submitted to the Captain of any RAN or Customs vessel at any time outside Australian waters.

Authorised by Mr P.M. Abbotoir, PH Canberra 2600

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Job vacancy: Asylum seeker turnaround project
VYBerlinaV8_is_back 4:27 pm 16 Jun 15

Aragornerama said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

dungfungus said :

Aragornerama said :

Dude, they’re not jumping any queues and seeking asylum isn’t illegal: http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/debunking-myths

So, how come people smuggling is illegal then?

Unauthorised entry to a country (like Australia) is illegal.

The UNHCR Convention Article 31 states that
1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their
illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory
where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of article 1, enter or
are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present
themselves without delay to the authorities and show good cause for their
illegal entry or presence.

http://unhcr.org.au/unhcr/images/convention%20and%20protocol.pdf

Using Article 31 to establish illegality is taking the word out of context: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/are-they-illegals-no-and-scott-morrison-should-know-better-20131022-2vz6a.html.

Not sure what the article is trying to say. Article 31 clearly recognises that unlawful presence is illegal, but states that no penalty will be imposed if the person meets the stated requirement. The person is not ‘an illegal’, the person is the person. Their entry method may have been illegal, but the Convention recognises that they may have had no other choice, and hence no penalty is applied.

Aragornerama 4:22 pm 16 Jun 15

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

dungfungus said :

Aragornerama said :

Dude, they’re not jumping any queues and seeking asylum isn’t illegal: http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/debunking-myths

So, how come people smuggling is illegal then?

Unauthorised entry to a country (like Australia) is illegal.

The UNHCR Convention Article 31 states that
1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their
illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory
where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of article 1, enter or
are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present
themselves without delay to the authorities and show good cause for their
illegal entry or presence.

http://unhcr.org.au/unhcr/images/convention%20and%20protocol.pdf

Sorry, I posted the wrong link in my last response. This one is pithier and more appropriate: http://www.law.unsw.edu.au/news/2013/10/it-alright-describe-asylum-seekers-illegal

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 4:22 pm 16 Jun 15

Aragornerama said :

Mysteryman said :

Aragornerama said :

Dude, they’re not jumping any queues and seeking asylum isn’t illegal: http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/debunking-myths

Please don’t muddy the waters. Nobody is suggesting that seeking asylum is illegal.

However, arriving by unauthorised vessel IS illegal.

Ok, maybe I should have been more precise. Seeking asylum by boat is not illegal. It’s the first myth addressed on the link I posted. Argue if you like, but the people at the Kaldor Centre know their stuff. Jane McAdam is quite literally the world’s leading authority on refugee law (probably alongside Guy Goodwin-Gill).

The thing that I think confuses people is that the Convention doesn’t link method of arrival with seeking asylum. How a person gets here is irrelevant: they’re allowed to present themself as a refugee, and if this is found to be a legitimate claim that is upheld then no penalty is applied for the (possibly) illegal entry to the country.

Whether someone arrives by boat, plane, train, walking, swimming or in a hanglider has nothing to do with their claim for asylum.

Aragornerama 4:19 pm 16 Jun 15

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

dungfungus said :

Aragornerama said :

Dude, they’re not jumping any queues and seeking asylum isn’t illegal: http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/debunking-myths

So, how come people smuggling is illegal then?

Unauthorised entry to a country (like Australia) is illegal.

The UNHCR Convention Article 31 states that
1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their
illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory
where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of article 1, enter or
are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present
themselves without delay to the authorities and show good cause for their
illegal entry or presence.

http://unhcr.org.au/unhcr/images/convention%20and%20protocol.pdf

Using Article 31 to establish illegality is taking the word out of context: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/are-they-illegals-no-and-scott-morrison-should-know-better-20131022-2vz6a.html.

rubaiyat 4:19 pm 16 Jun 15

Mysteryman said :

Aragornerama said :

Dude, they’re not jumping any queues and seeking asylum isn’t illegal: http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/debunking-myths

Please don’t muddy the waters. Nobody is suggesting that seeking asylum is illegal.

However, arriving by unauthorised vessel IS illegal.

We should get together and celebrate Unauthorised White Boat People’s Day next January 26th.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 4:16 pm 16 Jun 15

dungfungus said :

Aragornerama said :

Dude, they’re not jumping any queues and seeking asylum isn’t illegal: http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/debunking-myths

So, how come people smuggling is illegal then?

Unauthorised entry to a country (like Australia) is illegal.

The UNHCR Convention Article 31 states that
1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their
illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory
where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of article 1, enter or
are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present
themselves without delay to the authorities and show good cause for their
illegal entry or presence.

http://unhcr.org.au/unhcr/images/convention%20and%20protocol.pdf

Aragornerama 4:01 pm 16 Jun 15

Mysteryman said :

Aragornerama said :

Dude, they’re not jumping any queues and seeking asylum isn’t illegal: http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/debunking-myths

Please don’t muddy the waters. Nobody is suggesting that seeking asylum is illegal.

However, arriving by unauthorised vessel IS illegal.

Ok, maybe I should have been more precise. Seeking asylum by boat is not illegal. It’s the first myth addressed on the link I posted. Argue if you like, but the people at the Kaldor Centre know their stuff. Jane McAdam is quite literally the world’s leading authority on refugee law (probably alongside Guy Goodwin-Gill).

bryansworld 3:52 pm 16 Jun 15

Mysteryman said :

Aragornerama said :

Dude, they’re not jumping any queues and seeking asylum isn’t illegal: http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/debunking-myths

Please don’t muddy the waters. Nobody is suggesting that seeking asylum is illegal.

However, arriving by unauthorised vessel IS illegal.

Not if you are seeking asylum, it’s not.

Mysteryman 3:33 pm 16 Jun 15

Aragornerama said :

Dude, they’re not jumping any queues and seeking asylum isn’t illegal: http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/debunking-myths

Please don’t muddy the waters. Nobody is suggesting that seeking asylum is illegal.

However, arriving by unauthorised vessel IS illegal.

rubaiyat 3:23 pm 16 Jun 15

The hypocrisy of both sides of Parliament knows no bounds:

Anybody remember how we had an Evil People Smuggler right on our doorstep but mysteriously were unable to arrest him:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/alleged-people-smuggler-allowed-to-flee-because-police-did-not-have-enough-to-charge-him/story-fn9hm1gu-1226387557975

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-04/powerful-people-smugglers-caught-living-in-australia/4050506

Now we have a Liberal government that pretty well looks like they are actually financing people smugglers with “go away money, come back for more later”:

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/13/pressure-on-abbott-over-claims-people-smugglers-were-paid-to-turn-back-boats

http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/demands-for-answers-from-tony-abbott-over-reports-australia-pays-to-stop-the-boats/story-fns0jze1-1227396386705

What we have on both sides is desperate attempts to look like they are dealing with the problem, all at huge expense to the Australian taxpayer, not the politicians involved, whilst whipping up maximum hysteria and producing next to no good outcomes.

When you are going to massively stuff up, probably break numerous Australian and International laws, waste enormous amounts of money and make a mystery of the lives of refugees and the people who have to deal with them you of course have to maintain maximum secrecy so no-one, especially those entitled to know, can find out what is going on.

Making a total joke of all the celebrations and significance of the anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

dungfungus 3:12 pm 16 Jun 15

justin heywood said :

Perhaps the same guys who were paying people smugglers to dob in their rivals under Rudd/Gillard/Rudd could be persuaded to take up the positions John?

Or perhaps you haven’t heard of the latest round of hypocrisy involving the boat trade. I notice the ABC is strangely silent on the matter, so you might have to look elsewhere.

It appears to have gone off today’s question time agenda in the house also.
Labor are on about the cruelty of stripping dual citizenship from terrorists (just like Whitlam did to British immigrants 40 years ago).

dungfungus 3:07 pm 16 Jun 15

Aragornerama said :

Dude, they’re not jumping any queues and seeking asylum isn’t illegal: http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/debunking-myths

So, how come people smuggling is illegal then?

Aragornerama 2:51 pm 16 Jun 15

Dude, they’re not jumping any queues and seeking asylum isn’t illegal: http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/debunking-myths

justin heywood 2:35 pm 16 Jun 15

Perhaps the same guys who were paying people smugglers to dob in their rivals under Rudd/Gillard/Rudd could be persuaded to take up the positions John?

Or perhaps you haven’t heard of the latest round of hypocrisy involving the boat trade. I notice the ABC is strangely silent on the matter, so you might have to look elsewhere.

Grimm 11:38 am 15 Jun 15

Oh no!
How dare the Federal Government want people to enter the country legally and not queue jump!

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