Rally for Refugees

uniqueusername 12 November 2009 79

I know that many people have different opinions on this issue but I thought I’d pass this on anyway:

Instead of bringing refugees picked up by an Australian Customs ship to Australia, the Government has tried for four weeks to force them to get off in Indonesia. Indonesia is not a signatory to the UN Convention and Protocol on Refugees. Its time Australia met our obligation and processed these people efficiently, rather than spending millions locking them up in various places.

This rally calls for action now to treat these people humanely and expeditiously.

The details are as follows:

5:30pm Friday 13 November 2009
Petrie Plaza, Civic (near the Merry Go Round)

Speakers Include:

Will Mudford, Unions ACT
Amanda Besnan, Greens MLA
And an Australasian Federation of Tamil Associations spokesperson


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Jim Jones Jim Jones 10:23 am 13 Nov 09

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Ralph said :

Send these undesirables back to Sri Lanka.

Any particular reason you state that they are undesireable? First hand knowledge or just the standard Ralph prejudice?

Anyone with the guts and determination to try to escape a country whose government is labelled as being the “world’s worst perpetrators of enforced disappearances” is clearly undesirable.

Ralph only wants mindless, easily-led sheeple in this country.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 10:11 am 13 Nov 09

Ralph said :

Send these undesirables back to Sri Lanka.

Any particular reason you state that they are undesireable? First hand knowledge or just the standard Ralph prejudice?

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:25 am 13 Nov 09

I-filed said :

How are the people languishing in refugee camps in Indonesia feeling right now I wonder – being pushed off the queue by the 12-week guarantee afforded to the 78? Complete and utter routing of Rudd by these people. “Tough stance”? What could be more encouraging for asylum seekers and illegal migrants who fancy trying their chances on a boat? And – mwa ha ha – Rudd doesn’t even get to swear at them! : )

What queue?

Dude, seriously. There is no queue.

Buzz2600 Buzz2600 9:15 am 13 Nov 09

$42k a day is nothing compared to Howard’s “Pacific (Final) Solution”…. Australia has an obligation because we were closer and able to respond. What were the options – leave them to sink? Are you prepared to have blood on your hands by making that decision?

The reality is that the vast majority of boat people ARE deemed to be genuine refugees under both UNHCR and Australian criteria. The problem needs to be resolved in Sri Lanka, enable human rights there and you wouldn’t get people risking their lives to leave their homes and families. In the mean time, we have the capacity to take 100’s – yes, even 1000’s of people who genuinely need help. Australia welcomes many thousands of economic migrants every year – they’re the ones with the money. If these Sri Lankans were really cashed up they wouldn’t have to take this kind of risky journey, there are much easier ways to get to Australia for some people.

phototext phototext 8:57 am 13 Nov 09

Yeah, those dirty foreigners coming here, taking our jobs, stealing our women, breathing our air.

They should stay in foreignland, in those lovely holiday camps the kind foreign governments have set up for them, where they get treated to fun free activity’s such as rape, persecution, brutal assaults and genocide.

Freeloading queue jumping terrorists, the lot of them, especially the children, can’t trust them…. they eat weird food too and smell funny.

Send em back, the Sri Lankan government are a lovely sweet hearted bunch of people and they promised they would buy them all cakes and soda pop if they came home.

Thumper Thumper 8:21 am 13 Nov 09

Enough is enough already. How long is the PM going to keep them there and how much money is he going to spend just to save a bit of face?

$42K a day, apparently. So we’re just up over the million dollar mark at present.

Pandy Pandy 1:03 am 13 Nov 09

Why do they want to be refugees in Australia? Because we have a soft Government. No-one wants these people, not NZ, not India. Lets face it Tamils casued a lot of problems in Sri Lanka and I am sure they will bring their tribal shite fights to our shores too if we are not careful.

I-filed I-filed 11:31 pm 12 Nov 09

How are the people languishing in refugee camps in Indonesia feeling right now I wonder – being pushed off the queue by the 12-week guarantee afforded to the 78? Complete and utter routing of Rudd by these people. “Tough stance”? What could be more encouraging for asylum seekers and illegal migrants who fancy trying their chances on a boat? And – mwa ha ha – Rudd doesn’t even get to swear at them! : )

jase! jase! 10:32 pm 12 Nov 09

considering they were rescued in indonesian waters calling them australias problem is a bit rich, although they are our problem now because they won’t get off the bloody boat

I feel sorry for the refugees in the camps around the world who would like to come to Australia and did the right thing stopping in the closest country and claiming refugee status, living in the UN camps, waiting to see if australia will take them but finding out that we have met our humanitarian immigration quota for the year and they miss out due to these queue jumpers.

better luck next year guys

busgirl busgirl 10:32 pm 12 Nov 09

Deckard said :

Enough is enough already. How long is the PM going to keep them there and how much money is he going to spend just to save a bit of face?

1000 boat people arriving illegally on boats is small stuff compared to the 10s of 1000s that overstay their tourist visas or work here illegally.

+1

sepi sepi 10:08 pm 12 Nov 09

Over 90% of people who turn up in this way pass australia’s test for refugee status. Surely we’re not that much more generous than the UN?

Let them in. Sri Lanka is a mess right now. Kids are dying in those camps.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 8:58 pm 12 Nov 09

The UN test, that is…

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 8:57 pm 12 Nov 09

These boat people, typically, are sufficiently cashed up to:
a) pay in cash the people smugglers to bring them to Australia; and
b) pay for food and housing (and in some cases entertainment as well) for sometimes several months in Malaysia or Indonesia while waiting for their spot.

Less than 5% of the people who turn up in this way pass the UN for political refugees. Send them on their way, and stop wasting Australian dollars on them.

I make this comment based on professional experience.

Deckard Deckard 8:35 pm 12 Nov 09

Enough is enough already. How long is the PM going to keep them there and how much money is he going to spend just to save a bit of face?

1000 boat people arriving illegally on boats is small stuff compared to the 10s of 1000s that overstay their tourist visas or work here illegally.

Granny Granny 7:51 pm 12 Nov 09

Refugees are not illegal immigrants. This is not rocket science.

ahappychappy ahappychappy 7:25 pm 12 Nov 09

Wait…

Did you just say these people are our obligation? They’re not. We saved their lives when their boat sank, the fact they’re on our boat doesn’t make them our obligation.

Why are there so many “basic human rights” screams when these people are detained for trying to enter our country in an illegal way? If they want to migrate to Australia they can do it legally. I’m all for basic human rights, but if that’s what they want, they don’t have to come specifically here. According to them, anywhere is better than where they came from.

If they were seriously just trying to leave their own country in fear of persecution they would be happy to stay anywhere. If they don’t want to take another alternative, send them back.

vg vg 5:52 pm 12 Nov 09

It’s time we met our obligations?

You need a geography lesson champion

Ralph Ralph 5:32 pm 12 Nov 09

Send these undesirables back to Sri Lanka.

Swaggie Swaggie 5:27 pm 12 Nov 09

Greens jumping on the Bandwagon – how unusual. Send the lot back to Sri Lanka.

Granny Granny 5:22 pm 12 Nov 09

Good on you, Amanda Bresnan, and good on you unions! Glad to see people standing up and speaking out!

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