Australia Rewards Detention Centre Arsonists With Visas

Hitting the roof does work, then?

Andrew Bolt

As I’ve said, it would be funny if up to 200 people had not died at sea since Labor loosened its laws:

REFUGEE advocates claim two of the 22 asylum-seekers accused of involvement in the torching of Sydney’s Villawood detention centre have been told by immigration officials their refugee claims have been approved…

As seven detainees charged with offences relating to the April riot appeared in court yesterday, refugee advocate Ian Rintoul said two of the detainees said to be involved in the riots had been told their refugee claims would succeed pending security clearances.

According to Mr Rintoul, one detainee had been given the news while still protesting on top of the roof at Villawood.

Bowen called to act amid riot leaders’ visa ‘approval’

Paul Maley, National security correspondent

REFUGEE advocates claim two of the 22 asylum-seekers accused of involvement in the torching of Sydney’s Villawood detention centre have been told by immigration officials their refugee claims have been approved, increasing the pressure on Immigration Minister Chris Bowen to block their visas on character grounds.

As seven detainees charged with offences relating to the April riot appeared in court yesterday, refugee advocate Ian Rintoul said two of the detainees said to be involved in the riots had been told their refugee claims would succeed pending security clearances.

According to Mr Rintoul, one detainee had been given the news while still protesting on top of the roof at Villawood.

“He was kind-of told, you’ve got a visa you can get off the roof,” Mr Rintoul told The Australian yesterday.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen will come under intense pressure to exercise his powers under the Migration Act to block or cancel visas on character grounds should any of the 22 be successful in their refugee claims.

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In the wake of the Christmas Island riots in March, Mr Bowen indicated he was prepared to use the character provision to block the instigators getting visas.

However, he has since backed away from that threat, saying his power to veto visas effectively only applies to asylum-seekers who have been convicted of an offence carrying a jail term of 12 months or more.

Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said that was “nonsense”.

“The Migration Act provides the minister with powers to cancel visas where criminal conduct is not at issue,” he said.

A spokesman for Mr Bowen said the minister still had to authorise all offshore asylum claims. “The Minister has not raised the bar for any person suspected of involvement in the Villawood or Christmas Island incidents,” the spokesman said.The government this week introduced legislation that would broaden the minister’s remit to cancel visas on character grounds.

A total of 22 asylum-seekers suspected of organising the Villawood riots were transferred to Silverwater jail.

Only seven were charged, and Mr Rintoul said the two apparently in line to get visas were not among those charged.

Immigration authorities said the detainees transferred to Silverwater jail in the wake of the riots had been returned to detention, with 16 going to Melbourne and two returning to Villawood.

Their transfer came as a Sydney court yesterday refused an application to dismiss bail applications for the seven men charged over the riots.

Lawyer for the men Faraz Maghami had argued bail should not be applied as the men were already in immigration detention.

But magistrate Jane Culver rejected the argument, which would have seen the men transferred from Silverwater jail to more amenable accommodation in immigration detention.

Ms Culver said the multiple appeal mechanisms open to failed asylum-seekers, as well as the power of the minister to release people into the community, meant there was no guarantee the men would remain in secure custody.

 

16 thoughts on “Australia Rewards Detention Centre Arsonists With Visas”

  1. Australia has signed an agreement to swap 800 boat people for 4000 people in Malaysian detention centres. This 4000 people are Rohingyas from Burma who are actually Bangladesh muslims who migrated to Burma just before World War II. This very same people during Pakistan’s independence fought against the Burmese to have parts of muslim majority areas of Burma bordering East Pakistan(now Bangladesh) wrenched away and incorporated into East Pakistan.
    No wonder the Burmese don’t trust them and won’t touch them with a ten foot barge pole. These people should be deported to Bangladesh.
    Australians need this people like they need a hole in the head.
    Read further at :http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2011/05/why_australia_j.php

  2. Gerald, everyone!!!
    The Rohingyas are a major MAJOR problem. Please, everybody, contact your local politician and make sure that the government knows these people are unwelcome. Do your homework!!!! The Rohingyas are a major problem in every region they have been sent to. Make sure Bowen knows that a jail sentence is in store for him for the every person who is hurt or killed by these islamic parasites.

  3. Found article in TIME (2002):
    http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,364423,00.html
    “Today, southern Bangladesh has become a haven for hundreds of jihadis on the lam. They find natural allies in Muslim guerrillas from India hiding out across the border, and in Muslim Rohingyas, tens of thousands of whom fled the ethnic and religious suppression of the Burmese military junta in the late 1970s and 1980s. Many Rohingyas are long-term refugees, but some are trained to cause trouble back home in camps tolerated by a succession of Bangladeshi governments.”

  4. I hope that old chook Julia Gillard does not find herself like a chook with her head chopped off.

    And you know what, she will bring in more and more and more of these bastards and it will be our youth that will have to clean up her chicken shit. Is there no way to get through to all the political morons? No, not anytime soon. Muslims need to murder a few politicians around the world in terrible circumstances – then and only then will we get change from our rulers. They, and most of our own people dont give a stuff what happens to individuals by these people. They are protected by law and we have to cop it sweet.

  5. Kaw
    According to SkyNews TV, he first stabbed the woman in the neck, then decapitated her.

  6. this news makes me want to vomit!! What about the Christmas Island detainees( I believe 3 of them) who were caught raping another (young) refugee? where is the ongoing info on this sexual assault, and were these ferals part of the sum total of arsonists and rioters who burned down their facilities? WHAt are we NOT being told??
    why should these low life be given the privilege to live here?? just WHAT are they adding to the fabric of our society? Mr Bowen should be SACKED!! can hardly wait for the next elections to vote Julia and the Greens OUT!!

  7. Aussiegirl,
    The little information that is being leaked out indicates that many of the assylum seekers represent a significant threat to this country. Mr Bowen should be charged with treason. The musim criminals who are being imported into this country are being protected by people who are willing to place Australian lives at risk so that some poorly understood social engineering can be undertaken. Find them, get rid of them, and the problem is gone.

  8. I think we need look to the koran for a solution here, impose their own sharia on them from our controlling (for now) perspective. Thus koran reciprocated for application on moslem invaders.

    8 :55 Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who believe,..
    then implement
    47:4 Therefore, when ye meet the believers , smite at their necks;…

    In this I see a better reward than a visa!

  9. Notice that it is not OK for Sergio Redegalli to protest against burkas & call for them to be banned …

    ——————————————————————
    NO DISRESPECT Exhibition

    Say no in plural to the ‘say no to burqas’ mural. Submit your artwork to the NO DISRESPECT Exhibition.

    NO DISRESPECT is being hosted by and is a fundraiser for the Cross Border Collective, MySydney and Justice and Arts Network.
    ——————————————————————

    … but it is apparently OK for those who oppose Sergio to show disrespect by climbing onto the roof of the Immigration Minister’s electoral office (i.e. trespass):

    http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/protesters-climb-onto-immigration-minister-chris-bowens-roof/story-e6frfku0-1226046742207

    [PROTESTERS have climbed onto the roof of Immigration Minister Chris Bowen’s Sydney electoral office.

    The three members of the Cross Border Collective, a Sydney-based group, are calling for the minister to meet the demands of detainees protesting on a roof at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre.]

    In effect, the members of the Cross Border Collective are opposing free expression on private property, while supporting people who use people smugglers to enter Australia, using criminal trespass to do so.

  10. Rossco, I saw the 60 minutes article…the majority of refugees are well off, many bringing thousands of US$$$ with them, and when they get off the boat, they then try and get a room reserved for their relative who is coming on the next boat, compliments of the people smugglers…
    Remember that little kid that the media went wacko over, who lost his mum in the boat wrecked on the rocks at Christmas Island?
    Did you notice what I did ( and it bears out the whistleblowers story)
    He was released from the detention centre to HIS UNCLE, already in Australia!! see what we mean about whole families coming out in packs? these people have the money to pay the people smugglers, jumping the queue over those poor muggins who wait in refugee camps for years!
    Another thing I want to know is WHY we are not taking the victims of MUSLIM persecution from muslim countries, like the Egypts Coptic Christians who are being slaughtered by muslims, instead we take in people whose whole way of life is alien to our values, our respect for human rights and tolerance of other religions???
    We must NO LONGER tolerate the intolerant!! Bowen and Juliar are TRAITORS to Australia, and what our Anzacs and forefathers so bravely fought for !! FREEDOM FROM FASCIST REGIMES!! their is nothing more fascist than Islam!!

  11. I watched the whole episode too, I was kinda shocked at the organisation behind these ‘refugees’ who make the bookings for relatives arriving on a later boat. I was also amazed at the amount of money involved, in that these ‘refugees’ had a whole bunch of money upon arrival.

    Meanwhile, for legitimate immigrants (like my wife from Philippines), they had us jumping through hoops and had to prove our relationship and all the rest of it, including police & health checks.

    The Coptic Christians from Egypt (and Christian minorities from other islamic countries) should be given prefernce by our government, but I think that it was mentioned previously somewhere that these minorities are victimised to such an extent that the islamic governments of their countries are blocking them from leaving.

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