Saturday, April 21, 2007

Refugee Swap Deal

So what does everyone think of the refugee swap deal?

I assume they want to create more of a disincentive for refugees to enter both countries, as we have an established Sri Lankan population and the US have an established Cuban population. Hence a Cuban would be less likely to boat across to the US, as he/she would not feel they could integrate into Australia as smoothly. Do I understand this right???

If this is the case, I think it’s a touch immoral. And from what I understand thusands of Cubans make an illegal jurney to America each year. So how much of a disincentive is this to Cubans? Could it possibly be only to discourage Sri Lankans from trying to reach Australia?

Personally I believe we should not allow boat people to enter Australia, as many boat people die during the journey, and if we didn't admit boatpeople, we could stop this. However, I love immigration and I know Aus would suck to live in if it wasn't for it. So let the poor people in, let them in in droves... but buy them all a plane ticket so they don't have to risk their lives.

Yet I can’t help think the federal governments motives are dark and sinister on this topic, and that the front bench may only like their immigrants if they have a white picket fence, with a Holden Commodore sitting inside it.

If I'm wrong about all this, feel free to comment as I am ignorant on this subject of refugees and immigrants.

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3 Comments:

Blogger timboy said...

I don't agree with your views on boatpeople dude, and I certainly don't agree with your Lindy England avatar. That's fucked up!

Not really across the idea of refugee swaps- other than the very thought of it sounds stupid.

I think if people have gone to the trouble of getting here by boat we should let them stay.

The method of arrival has no bearing on our moral obligation to protect those fleeing poverty and oppression.

Hey, blog about John Howard praying for rain waterboy.

9:33 PM  
Blogger A J said...

Oh your confused, thats not Lindy, thats me and Bruce Atkinson doing some "research".

Regarding boat people:

Thats saying, if your willing to risk your life, you can live here.

People die making the journey. Often they are ripped off, robbed and raped by pirates etc.

If you remove the incentive for boat people, you could stop all this, whilst still as a country accepting just as many refugees as we do today. (and reduce the use of detention centres)

I think maybe C-MAC will need to settle this.

10:02 PM  
Blogger larson_b said...

you'll never remove the incentive for living here whilst the standard remains as relatively high as it is.

i'm not shocked by this policy, it smacks of australia's recent immigration policy: that is, doing anything to avoid understanding and dealing with the problem.

IF the threat of JI is as big as we are told, then using australia as a free trip to cuba/US is surely not the smartest policy thought out.

9:36 PM  

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