Jon Stanhope would put a roof over the heads of boat people

johnboy 10 November 2010 11

The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
— Emma Lazarus

The Canberra Times reports that Mr Stanhope would love to have an immigration detention centre here in Canberra. (Presumably to set an example to those unpleasant yokels of the hinterland who’ve been yahooing it up for the cameras at their community meetings on the subject.)

Canberra playing host to a diplomatic corp, a press gallery, a population of bleeding hearts, and the Parliamentary Greens we’re pretty much the very last place in the world the Department of Immigration would like to put a detention centre.

But is this the same Chief Minister under whom rents have skyrocketed and accommodation for anyone not in the senior ranks of the public service is now perforce shared?

The same Chief Minister waging campaigns against the “slum” housing which is now all the city’s young and vulnerable can afford?

It’s all “aspirational” I’m sure.


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Wilco Wilco 11:44 am 10 Nov 10

The CT report also notes that the Cth has no plans to open a Detention Centre in the ACT. Ergo Jon can appeal to both supporters and detractors.

Holditz Holditz 12:12 pm 10 Nov 10

Of course this is the same John Stanhope that advocates a bill of rights, same sex marriage, euthanasia, a correctional facility that meets human rights obligations, sets carbon reduction targets, removes shopping plastic bags. All very socialist, designed to show how Canberra is the most socially advanced community in Australia. The ACT can really show how a “temporary internment centre” can work- with community housing for families, schooling for children, access to health facilities.

Yeah, bring it on! Put the ACT budget under further strain!

Meanwhile Sri Lankan embassy officials are visiting the houses where interned families are staying. How convenient, right on the doorstep!

bitzermaloney bitzermaloney 1:37 pm 10 Nov 10

Wilco said :

The CT report also notes that the Cth has no plans to open a Detention Centre in the ACT. Ergo Jon can appeal to both supporters and detractors.

Holditz said :

Of course this is the same John Stanhope that advocates a bill of rights, same sex marriage, euthanasia, a correctional facility that meets human rights obligations, sets carbon reduction targets, removes shopping plastic bags. All very socialist, designed to show how Canberra is the most socially advanced community in Australia. The ACT can really show how a “temporary internment centre” can work- with community housing for families, schooling for children, access to health facilities.

Yeah, bring it on! Put the ACT budget under further strain!

Meanwhile Sri Lankan embassy officials are visiting the houses where interned families are staying. How convenient, right on the doorstep!

Agreed on both counts. This has nothing to do with reality, but Hopeless’s power struggle to be seen as more than a glorified mayor (except… we don’t have any mayoral robes).

Instead of governing for the disadvantaged outside of the ACT community, vocal minority or left-leaning finianciers… isn’t it about time that Stanhopeless opens his ears and start governing for those who elected him, or it that what he signed the Greens up to do?

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 5:16 pm 10 Nov 10

How about creating opportunities in the ACT for asylym seekers ONCE they have been accepted instead of trying to do the Cth’s job for them..

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster 5:29 pm 10 Nov 10

Strange to see Stanhope supporting an immigration detention centre. I thought lefties all regarded detention centres as “concentration camps” and would rather have illegals released into the community holus bolus.

commoner commoner 8:13 pm 10 Nov 10

Yet another stinker from Stanhope. Stanhope might as well go an join up with the Greens, or maybe the Socialist Workers, since he keeps trying to peddle extreme left ideas like this. If he’s not out there promoting Islam (and denouncing as ‘abhorrent’ anyone who disagrees), he’s trying to force us to pay for parking in the Parliamentary triangle, or foisting same-sex adoption onto Canberra’s kids. Now he has managed to go even one step further with this mad schcme for a detention Centre in Canberra.
Can we please have an ACT election now? Stanhope has got to go.

farnarkler farnarkler 8:43 pm 10 Nov 10

Why house these people in detention centres? Let them move in with the most vocal bleeding hearts.

NickD NickD 9:29 pm 10 Nov 10

This sounds like a good idea to me. The title of the initial post seems to be missing the obvious fact that it’s the Commonwealth Government who’d pay all the construction costs.

sepi sepi 9:40 pm 10 Nov 10

I think it is a good idea too. The main problem would be staffing the detention centre, and medical services, as Canberra is short on those already.

But I would like to think that Canberrans would not be marching in the streets to complain about living near foreign detainees. They could build it out near Tharwa or Hall and reopen a school.

CraigT CraigT 7:56 am 11 Nov 10

No, they could build the detention centre on that vacant area of Mugga Way opposite the Boys’ Grammar School Ovals.

What’s more, it should be built with funds provided by supporters of illegal immigration, not from the taxpayer.

NickD NickD 8:50 am 11 Nov 10

CraigT said :

What’s more, it should be built with funds provided by supporters of illegal immigration, not from the taxpayer.

How do you propose to collect that money?

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