Oh yes.Â Hypocrites. Every single one of them:
- RIOTING Iranians on Nauru reportedly have taken detention staff hostageÂ in what may be a violent response to Kevin Rudd’s PNG asylum seeker solution.
ABC Pacific correspondent Sean DorneyÂ warns of possible “culture shock” if refugees are resettled in Papua New Guinea:Â
Many of these people found to be genuine refugees will have little in common with Papua New Guineans.
PNG is overwhelmingly Christian.
Imagine similar concerns ever being raised by the ABC about refugees settling in Australia.
The sugar has been taken off the table, and replaced with arsenic.
– What is the cost? It is ominous that Rudd has not said what he’s paying PNG.
– How will it be paid for? The carbon tax “cut” is being paid for by a tax change that has already put scores of people out of work and threatens the jobs of hundreds more.
– Was dressing this toughness up by increasing the refugee intake to 27,000 smart? Only two years ago our refugee intake was half that, and still judged generous. Refugees tend to struggle to find work. Are we building a problem for the future?
– When the facilities at PNG be ready to receive all these boat people? Last year we were promised 600 people would be sent to Manus Island. There are just 200 people there in accommodation so bad that children were brought back to Australia.
– Will PNG take all boat people, as Rudd claimed, or some, as the PNG Prime Minister hinted?
– Will exempting, for now, women and children actually encourage people smugglers to stuff boats with them?
– Will PNG uphold their end of the deal? The PNG Opposition is against it. The deal will be reviewed in just one year. Will the cost then rise?
– Will PNG uphold their end of the deal in ways we can live with?
Right now the most important question I want answered is: what will this cost?
And politically the question still is: should we really praise Rudd for spending billions to fix a boat people catastrophe of his own making? Why did it take Labor five years to fix a disaster created when Rudd scrapped the tough border laws, opening the doors to over 46,000 boat people, and luring more than 1000 people to their deaths?
That question about Rudd’s role is like the biggest question about his deal: how much has Rudd’s blundering cost?
How much does this cost?
KEVIN Rudd will today announce a deal with Papua New Guinea toÂ increase the capacity of the Manus Island detention centre to house up to 3000 people, as part of Labor’s efforts to crack down on people-smuggling.
Manus is already supposed to take 600, but has fewer than half that:
The man who closed the Pacific Solution will now preside over the biggest version of it.
CUSTOMS and West Australian police are on the hunt for an asylum-seeker boat close to the Pilbara coast after it passed an oil and gas floating platform overnight.
Actually, not another 3000 but 2400:
There is currently capacity for 600, but the PM will announce this to be expanded to 3000, and Manus to be the primary regional centre for the whole of the Pacific.
Manus Island MP Ronnie Knight said he was informed of the plan by PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on Friday morning…