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Indonesian people smugglers or fishermen trying to feed their families? : Comments

By Melody Kemp, published 2/8/2011

The background music of Australian political and bureaucratic managerialism that canít be heard by hungry Indonesian families.

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Iíve been to these islands, seen the poverty, experienced the hospitality and admired the tenacity. But the people are not naÔve. They know about the risks and penalties of fishing in Australian waters and trafficking people because so many of their menfolk have not returned.
Indonesian authorities could stamp out this evil trade Ė itís almost impossible to do anything secret in the Archipelago Ė but are presumably getting a cut to ignore whatís happening. So the men continue to take risks. great tragedies occur and Australian hostility grows.
Reform of the Indonesian public service is much needed and long overdue
Posted by Duncan Graham, Monday, 8 August 2011 3:30:39 PM
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