The Australian Press Council warns journalists not to use the phrase “illegal immigrants” – another absurd attempt to restrict a frank discussion on what is really occurring:
The store, known as the Alamdar Super Store, is one of about six businesses operating in and around a single street in Dandenong which authorities believe has become the Australian hub for transferring funds offshore to pay for places on asylum boats.
The Alamdar store in Thomas Street has come to the attention of the Australian Federal Police which, along with multiple members of the community, believe its owners, Ali Ashgar and Juma Khan Karimi, are relatives of convicted people-smuggler Haji Sakhi, who was deported from Indonesian custody back to his native Pakistan in January.
A third man, also believed to be a relative of Haji Sakhi, is associated with the Alamdar Super Store.
Mr Ashgar denies the relationship with Haji Sakhi as well as any involvement in people-smuggling while Mr Khan is in Pakistan and could not be reached for comment.
The Weekend Australian does not allege they have broken the law.
Meanwhile, Immigration authorities finally decide another people smuggler isn’t a refugee, after all:
Really tough, our officials. Now, about Emad’s family. How is it that they get to stay, if Emad himself is a fraud?: