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On being too clever

11 Nov

Let me draw your attention to Recommendation 1 of the recent HREOC report on Christmas Island.

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That and the rest of the report strikes just the right note as far as I am concerned. This piece of legalistic chicanery came via the Howard administration and is as shameful and Dickensian now as it was then. Repealing this and much more is what the Rudd government should have attempted from Day One. Instead Rudd was sucked in – no doubt for what he saw as clever political reasons – by the rhetoric of his predecessors – including, let it be said, that of the later Hawke and Keating administrations.

Life would have been a lot simpler all round, and the deepening mire of the Oceanic Viking avoided, if this had been done. The 78 Tamils could easily have been brought here for processing, and should be.

I am not an open borders romantic. We do have the right to determine who stays here, if not even the possibility of determining 100% who comes here. People forget in their obsession with boats that the majority actually fly in.

For more see immigration on this blog.

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3 Comments

Posted by on November 11, 2009 in Australia, human rights, immigration, Kevin Rudd, politics

 

3 responses to “On being too clever

  1. Kevin

    November 12, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Why do you believe that the 78 Tamils should be brought to Australia for processing? I’m not disagreeing with you – heck, it’s your country, not mine. I’m just curious about your reasoning. It seems to me that since they didn’t request/receive permission to go to NZ, the case is closed and they have to go home. What important part of this story am I missing?

     
  2. Neil

    November 12, 2009 at 9:59 am

    The story is still playing out, and chances are they will come here. One good thing our government is doing is to attempt to resolve the issue at the Sri Lanka end. The 78 are on an Australian ship already and it seems to me it would have just been simpler (and cheaper) for us to process them ourselves rather than try to foist them off on someone else. That’s what we tried with NZ and they said no.

     
  3. FreedomDefender

    November 16, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    There is an active polling site to express your views – http://www.activeopinion.org/
    You can vote on various topics and also submit your questions for future polls.
    The results of the polls will be sent to politicians and they will be asked to comment on it. Their responses will be published on that site. We can press on for the issues we are concerned about there.

     

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