Andrew BoltÂ â€“ Monday, January 30, 12
If you really were an asylum seeker facing persecution at home, you’d want all the documents to prove it. But:
Odd. Now why would that be?:
The refugee status assessment process operates primarily on a risk model, meaning there can be significant advantages to inventing false identities and claims of persecution.
The absence of documentation also makes it extremely hard to deport failed asylum-seekers, because receiving countries are reluctant to accept those whose nationality is not clear.
You mean, many boat people fear they’d be rejected for settlement and sent home if we knew who they really were?
Andrew BoltÂ â€“ Thursday, February 02, 12
For God’s sake, Labor. More than 600 lured to their deaths since you weakened the boat people laws. FIX IT.
ANOTHER asylum-seeker boat with passengers bound for Australia has sunk, with reportsÂ 14 people are dead and 10 others are still missing.
The boat, believed to have been carrying 25 Afghan, Pakistani and Iraqi asylum-seekers, is understood to have sunk near Kota Tinggi off the coast of Malaysia yesterday…
This year 300 asylum-seekers have arrived in Australian waters on five vessels, double the amount that arrived in the same period in 2011.
Open Nauru. Turn back boats. Let boat people stay for only as long as their country is unsafe. Allow no family reunion for those who come by boat.
STOP THE DYING.
Tim BlairÂ â€“ Thursday, January 26, 12
This may not be as easy as our new Australian of the Year imagines:
Geoffrey Rush urged local writers toÂ tell the stories of asylum seekersÂ who try to make the perilous journey to Australia by boat …
Mr Rush said the asylum seeker issue was plastered daily across the newspapers, but the key question had not been answered.
“We hear the how and the what, and sense the political football around the issue, but I don’t find anything that tells me about the why,” he said.
“I’m in the profession that feels with empathy and compassion and intuition.
I say let Rush pay for it. Just to see how fast Â his empathy and compassion vanishes in the ozone.
“I want to see the stories of why these people are coming here at great peril to their lives with such extraordinary bravery and we’re not finding that finding that human scale in their stories.”
A small problem, Geoffrey. If you want to tell these storiesÂ accurately, you’ll need documentation. Passports and such. And theyÂ aren’t always available. But if it’s just unverifiableÂ claimsÂ you’re after, talk to anyÂ immigration official. Maybe we could make a film about theÂ world’s oldest teenagers. On other matters, Rush’s reign might be the most entertaining since the days ofEmperor Flannery:
Mr Rush, 60, said there was a role for the arts to provide perspective on issues such as climate change and gay marriage.
Calm, rational perspective. That’s what the arts community brings.
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