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Business models and preventing asylum: the death of Reza Berati : Comments

By Binoy Kampmark, published 26/2/2014

Successive Australian governments have made an immigrant portfolio redundant, treating it as a prophylactic mechanism connected with repulsion and defence.

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I would welcome all people fleeing from threat of death in other counties.
They should come straight to the Australian mainland and be processed in our community.
Posted by Raise the Dust, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 8:42:11 AM
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Binoy Kampmark & Raise the Dust, two over emotional people who cry if a mosquito dies.

Why should Morrison have to resign. He is at the end of a chain & at the mercy of people who are protecting their ar$e$ & the Media who sensationalize everything just to sell papers.

I watched the Senate enquiry on the ABC & the ducking & diving, deflecting done by the Public service was disgusting. So how the Minister is supposed to get proper & correct information is beyond me.

If you want to sack someone sack the people who feed the Politicians "Politically Correct" information.
Posted by Jayb, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 8:58:58 AM
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Since when has it been considered compassionate to support a policy that enriches human traffickers and leads to about 100 drowned refugees per year.
Posted by progressive pat, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 9:03:30 AM
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This is an excellent opinion piece. The militarisation of processing Asylum Seekers is a ridiculous and cruel project mainly for the consumption of News Corp readers.
The simple truth is, we are signatories the UN Convention on Refugees, we are a rich and democratic nation and should be dealing with asylum seekers as members of an international community.
The current approach, not too different to the ALPs, puts us at odds with our neighbours and is counter to the greater good.
We are not a cruel dictatorship and most of us come from somewhere outside Australia. The notion of 'border control' is laughable, particularly when as Mr Morrison becomes so hairy chested on asylum seekers, but when Chinese military ships weave in and out of our seas he simply says nothing. These are classic tactics by bullies and I believe that with the right information and the facts, most Australians would not be acting as bullies.
The idea that we are at 'war' with 'people smugglers' and 'their cargo' is equally insane - it undermines the position of the Australian Defence Forces making them political pawns in a cynical propaganda game.
Fraser had the best approach - simple and cost effective, stop the boats by increasing the number of refugees we take and provide those we accept with all the human rights applicable to all of us
Posted by FOTIS, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 9:14:15 AM
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Why is it unmentioned in so much of this discussion that Australia has a policy that allowed 20,000 humanitarian places to be filled in 2012-13?
We are not ogres.
Those currently in detention on Manus Island rolled the dice and lost. Take the offered plane ride home and think again.
Posted by halduell, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 9:34:07 AM
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We do not fulfil those 20,000 places. It was suggested in the report of the previous Angus Houstonís expert panel on asylum seekers that we extend our commitment to 20,000 plus, and at the same time work with our regional partners, Indonesia and Malaysia to stem the flow of boat arrivals. We simply do not fill the quota of 20,000 and many of the 13,000 of so we do take in have been on temporary protection visas for a long time. Again, a genuine open and transparent discussion, with the government not withholding information, would develop better policy on this issue.
Posted by FOTIS, Wednesday, 26 February 2014 9:43:31 AM
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