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Julia to dump Indonesian fisher folk into Canberra’s justice system

By johnboy 28 May 2011 23

The Canberra Times brings word that the Commonwealth is planning to spread the pain of its campaign against “people smugglers” (aka noble impoverished fishermen willing to spend years in our prisons to earn their families enough money to eat while helping desperate people to a better life.)

People smugglers caught in northern Australian waters will be tried in Canberra courts and locked up in the territory’s jail, under a Federal Government plan.

The decision could see Indonesian fishermen jailed for at least five years in the Alexander Maconochie Centre or the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.

Under the Commonwealth’s scheme, the alleged offenders mostly from Indonesia will face courts and prison in states and territories as far away from their homeland as Tasmania, and local authorities are not being given a choice in the matter.

Bear in mind the “people smugglers” who get caught are not the criminal kingpins, they’re just a couple of blokes per boat with a bare modicum of nautical knowledge willing to take a payment and the following punishment to deliver what are 9 times out of 10 legitimate refugees to our shores.

The ACT’s legal aid budget is now going to get chewed up defending them, and then we have to pay to incarcerate them.

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Pommy bastard said :

Jethro, my point did not mention, in anyway or in any context that prisoners should be denied shelter, food, exercise and health care, did it?

Oh, come on. While you did not state it explicitly you clearly implied it.

Mental Health Worker 8:19 am 31 May 11

PB said: “Come and stay in Sunny Canberra, at the luxurious Hume Hilton. Free room and board, free three meals a day, luxury gym and spa, education classes and workshps, free medical and dental checks, all the entertainment you could wish for, including free internet, (drugs may incur an additional cost.)”

there is no internet access worth speaking of
there is no spa (or swimming pool, before anyone suggests that tool)
there are no workshops
there is no “luxury” gym – just a basic one
not sure what “entertainment” is being referred to – free to air TV perhaps?
Canberra isn’t always sunny, not compared with Indonesia anyway.
I doubt poor illiterate Indonesian fishermen will get to choose which State or Territory they are locked up in, thousands of km from their families, and only able to afford to communicate with them by letter.

But hey, why let facts get in the way of an argument?

Clearly we should incarcerate people (including the 40% in the AMC who are unconvicted) in cardboard boxes in the middle of a roundabout and beat them to sleep each night with a carving knife. (Insincere apologies to Monty Python.)

MHW

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