I’ve been in good company recently, joining others in banging on about the ill treatment of asylum seekers and trying to draw attention to the fact that the scale of the problem does not justify the degree of power and might being applied to repelling those seeking succour on our shores by coming here in leaky boats.
I have been bagged for drawing attention to the fact that perhaps the scale of the naval and customs attention (not to mention the enormous cost) to these people is disproportionate to the threat they pose to our nation.
Some time ago, I said how about having a better attempt to stop people from overstaying their visas and thus staying here illegally.
It is a fact that those who come here do not do so illegally. They are seeking asylum and until they are proven not to be genuine, they have the protection of international charters we have signed up to.
But… only recently do we now have published some thumbnail figures of those illegals who do overstay their visas. We now have a new minister dedicated to repelling at least some of them. Yeah right!
What did Labor do to stop the overstayers? Nothing. What did that sensitive new age guy, Scott Morrison do to stop the overstayers? Nothing. What will new Minister Peter Dutton do?
Well, rest easily in your beds. He’s se3nt a message to the illegal bikies! Go Pete! That’ll do the trick! Any overstaying international bikies will get short shrift!
But, hang on a minute! What about the rest of the 62,000 – yes 62,000 people overstayed their visas in 2013! How many boat bound asylum seekers were there in 213? Nowhere near 62,000, I’ll bet!
And who were these illegals? The biggest offenders were Chinese (7,600), Malaysia (6,400), the US(5,200) and the UK (3,700). And of the overstayers, visitors accounted for 44,800 of them with the rest being students.
So what have those guardians of our safety done about fixing a problem which has seen over 60,000 people come into Australia (largely by plane) and who have stayed here illegally?
Oh. Not much really. That has to be because they don’t pose a threat. Really? How can you tell? You can tell the boat people are terrorists because they come here after a perilous journey risking their lives and the lives of their children with next to nothing by way of possessions. Simple really! Visitors just make mistakes with their visas! I believe it
The illegals who come by plane are fine but the asylum seekers who come by boat are not!
I remind those who continue to bag my stance that the World Trade Centre in 2001 was attacked by passengers who took over control of aeroplanes, not leaky boats.