Of course it’s Abbott’s fault… No doubt the Mediterranean problem is also Tony Abbott’s fault:
– just as the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 was his fault
– just as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was his fault
– just as the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 was his fault…
People smugglers would rule the world if bleeding heart morons like Burnside, Power and Rintoul had their way….
What kind of “expert” would that be? Why, a corrupt lackey for the UN of course:
Speaking at a public lecture, Australian National University (ANU) Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations John Minns said Australia’s current refugee policies had been condemned by almost every relevant body.
“The UN High Commission for Refugees has condemned the policies, the UN Human Rights Commission has condemned the policies, and our own Human Rights Commission has condemned the policies,” Associate Professor Minns said.
Australia has received strong criticism from human rights bodies for its asylum policy.
In his maiden speech, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein said Australia’s policy of off-shore processing was creating a chain of human rights violations, including arbitrary detention and possible torture following return to home countries.
The invasion of refugees into Europe, their dispersion throughout the continent, and the cultural consequences for the nations affected, constitute the latest chapter in the on-going fight for ethnic European survival:
We are being submerged. The invasive flood of illegals in no longer just …
The Refugee Action Coalition has offered only qualified criticism of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
Southeast Asian nations have been accused of “bouncing” boats but yesterday the RAC gave credit to Malaysia and Indonesia for having refugees living on their shores while Australia had “slammed the door”.
Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have been criticised for sending Rohingya asylum-seekers back to sea on unseaworthy boats after finding them in their waters or after giving them food.
An image of people swimming for food — published in the The Weekend Australian — has fuelled outrage.
Mr Abbott said on Sunday he would not criticise other countries for turning back boats because people-smuggling must be beaten, but he said it was important to act with decency and humanely.
Human rights lawyer Julian Burnside QC urged Australia to help and said it could be argued the Abbott government’s policy of turning back asylum boats was a factor in the latest events.
“I think it’s an available position to say we have shown the region by our conduct that you can write boat people off as undeserving of the same degree of humanity that we enjoy and if countries in the region have picked up that message, it’s all the more shame on us,” he said.
Refugee Council of Australia chief executive Paul Power said pushing back boats should never be an option because it involved one country foisting its international and humanitarian obligations directly on to another.
“Australia has shifted our obligations to provide asylum on to a reluctant Indonesia. If Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia now follow the Australian precedent and continue to push Rohingyas back into the sea, these people will die as there will be no country that offers them asylum,” he said.
“This is what the irrational and inhumane policy of ‘stopping the boats’ has resulted in.”
Mr Power tempered his criticism by stressing every effort must be taken to stop people-smugglers and criminal rings that prey on vulnerable asylum-seekers.
Ian Rintoul of the RAC said he opposed pushbacks because people should be allowed to land where they wished. “(Tony Abbott) is the only one in the region, there’s no one else providing that kind of booster talk about turning boats back and encouraging governments in defiance of international law,” he said.
In some respects Australia was now behaving more harshly to refugees than nations criticised by the UN last week.
“At least Indonesia and Malaysia still let some refugees onshore unlike Australia which has slammed the door shut on absolutely everyone,” Mr Rintoul said.