Howard’s solution is back

August 16th, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The politics of the Australian Government’s decision to reopen offshore processing facilities for asylum seekers on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island will not be silenced despite the Opposition’s indication it will support new migration laws.

As Immigration Minister Chris Bowen yesterday moved amendments to allow the measures proposed by Prime Minister ’s expert panel on , the Opposition tried to exploit her move as “capitulation” and to blame the Government for the deaths of 1000 people at sea.

Its attack was given force by the news that 67 more asylum seekers are feared to have perished in the Indian Ocean after the departure of their boat in late June and no evidence of their arrival in Australia.

Since Friday Australian patrol boats have intercepted seven vessels with more than 350 people on board.

The Howard era policy worked. It was effective, and as the message got out that boat people would not make it to Australia, the number of boats dwindled to almost nothing. Labor’s solution has been an unmitigated disaster, and their eventual capitulation shows this.

More than 22,000 people have sought asylum since Labor came to power in 2007, opening Gillard’s struggling minority Government to a debilitating attack from the Opposition and all efforts at reaching compromise blocked by both Liberals and Greens.

They only have themselves to blame.

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21 Responses to “Howard’s solution is back”

  1. Komata (975 comments) says:

    With Oz closed to these people, guess who’s next – the nearest neighbour – 1200 miles further east. No doubt when the first ‘illegals’ ‘ turn up (when, not if) the NZ media will be there slavering to get an ‘exclusive’, with John Campbell leading the pack. We saw it with Zahoui, (definitely and deliberately an ‘illegal’) and there is no reason to believe things will have changed. Media respect for the law? ‘fraid not, why let the facts get in the way of a good story. Wuthell will of course be there – with his flag – and his ‘useful idiots’, all chanting, ‘welcome, welcome, welcome’ – we wuv it when you invade’; shades of Cam Ranh Bay.

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  2. my 2 cents (1,091 comments) says:

    It’s an island like us.
    Everyone not coming in through the UN system should get sent back to country of origin next day with a 10 yr ban on entering.
    Especially those who destroy their documents.

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  3. metcalph (1,293 comments) says:

    With Oz closed to these people, guess who’s next – the nearest neighbour – 1200 miles further east.

    They have about the same chance of success of reaching the Moon.

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  4. peterwn (2,940 comments) says:

    So the Australian Labour Party has a similar problem with illegal immigrant policy as David Shearer has with beneficiary policy – you cannot please all the people (or at least enought of them) all the time.

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  5. Viking2 (10,744 comments) says:

    komata,
    there’s plenty arriving already. Immigration has more scams being used than we care to look at. Adopting teenagers to get them into the country. Getting many Indian wives in who then need another husband and soon. Asian students arriving and working rather than being students. yep on and on it goes,
    Meanwhile the police are busy writing out traffic tickets for Govt. revenue to support the buggers.

    Tauranga has become the new India. Getting hard to find a white face here.

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  6. boredboy (246 comments) says:

    They go to Christmas Island because it is 200 miles off the coast of Indonesia. There is no way those rickety old boats will make it to New Zealand. They barely make it to Christmas Island as it is.

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  7. Viking2 (10,744 comments) says:

    metcalph (897) Says:
    August 16th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    With Oz closed to these people, guess who’s next – the nearest neighbour – 1200 miles further east.

    They have about the same chance of success of reaching the Moon.

    Well metcalph, you don’t know much history then do you.
    Who was it that according to myth managed to navigate their canoes to this land to our detriment forever?

    Canoes that were much less robust than the boats some of these people travel on. The only reason lots of these fail is that they are grossly overcrowded.

    Please go and get yourself a history lesson from from myth making brown bro.

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  8. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    Ain’t partisan politics wonderful?

    Government adopts what is basically the opposition’s policy, admitting it’s a better idea after all, and the opposition still covers them in shit anyway…

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  9. EAD (324 comments) says:

    Every single action Gillard has taken in her time as PM is following classical cultural marxism aimed at destroying Australia economically and culturally.
    - Introducing carbon taxes for a non-existent problem that is destroying Australian jobs and making everything more expensive.
    - Massive increase in state bureaucracy and petty officialdom
    - Nanny state after nanny state styled legislation.
    - Deliberately encouraging refugees to come over in such large numbers that they are not forced to integrate with Australian culture which destroys social cohesion. Australia has had a rapid change in demographics during the labour term mostly from a religion that has a history of causing fractured societies. Have you seen the news from Amiens over the past 2 days?

    Most alarmingly for anyone left or right who cares for the future of their country, are the hysterical attacks on free speech. It is hard to believe that Australians, whose adventurous ancestors made home in one of the most inhospitable places know to humankind are being cowed into submissiveness by a former Secretary of the Socialist Forum..

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  10. tvb (3,947 comments) says:

    And the Greens still do not get it. They would rather have an open door policy which results in tragedy on the high seas. Why don’t they have a policy of chartering planes and letting them all in. Instead they have an open door policy providing you can make it past the sharks and your boat does not sink. The Labour Party seem to get this at last and how now put in place off-shore processing. The Howard policy saved lives.

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  11. F E Smith (3,275 comments) says:

    Government adopts what is basically the opposition’s policy, admitting it’s a better idea after all, and the opposition still covers them in shit anyway…

    And they deserved it, too.  It has taken them since 2007 and almost 1000 dead to admit that their policy was wrong.  During that time they have covered the Coalition in abuse for not agreeing with Government policy.  Criticising the Coalition for partisan politics in this is like criticising Winston Churchill for suggesting that there may be a problem with Hitler.

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  12. kowtow (6,733 comments) says:

    Andrew Bolts comments on same. It may not be over yet.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/why_labors_new_boat_people_fix_isnt/

    Of the 22000 admiied so far under Gillard,how many have been screend out? That’s also a problem.

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  13. dime (8,789 comments) says:

    RRM – youre right. the opposition should say “hey, you made a mistake, sure it means we have thousands of boat people here now clogging our system and sure a few hundred people died. but live an learn! for us anyway, not the poor bastards that drowned cause of you”

    i thought lefties cared about people?

    when is it ever ok to say – heres an opportunity for a better life, but youll have to do it illegally, youll have to leap frog genuine people who are trying to get the same opportunity the right way and umm theres a 1 in 7 chance youll die.

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  14. tom hunter (4,012 comments) says:

    The previous thread on this is Throwing Out A Policy That Worked. Strangely, the thread is tagged as International Politics only, so does not show with the listing of boat people, Julia Gillard, or anything else.

    It’s a fascinating debate as one can see various left-wingers in full denial mode about how their “caring” killed, while still being utterly convinced that they hold the moral high-ground. My favourite was the guy who claimed that the Coalition did not want to help Julia solve her problem because they liked the situation as it was: he even threw in the word “scum”, just in case anybody might miss the point.

    It’s worth remembering the way that utterly impervious attitude of moral and ethical superiority is used as an argumentative club the next time you’re arguing with a leftist about a policy of theirs where the results of their “caring” is not so obviously wrong and awful and where they’re demonising your ideas – and you too, of course.

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  15. metcalph (1,293 comments) says:

    Well metcalph, you don’t know much history then do you.

    More than you do. There’s a reason why the polynesians never settled Oz. Furthermore a leaky boat sailing from Indonesia has no chance of reaching NZ.

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  16. hj (5,708 comments) says:

    The libertarians amongst you should welcome the boat people afterall for you the world is massive and people are tiny harmless little creatures: the more the merrier. The reality is of course you only welcome the ones with money to buy houses and justify road building etc .

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  17. Brian Smaller (3,915 comments) says:

    Almost all of those who end up on Nauru end up in Australia anyway. I don’t see why they bother. Either deny illegal immigrants entry or have open slather. Of course, we all know why they go to Australia. They can get welfare there. When was the last boatload of “asylum seekers” caught trying to get asylum in Abu Dhabi?

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  18. dime (8,789 comments) says:

    “The reality is of course you only welcome the ones with money to buy houses and justify road building etc .”

    um yeah. why would we welcome a drain on society?

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  19. tvb (3,947 comments) says:

    The Greens policy is to hold out the hope of citizenship providing you can survive the dangerous journey. How cruel is that. Because of this false hope hundreds of lives have been lost. Far better to hold out no hope of citizenship so don’t cone. It would be more honest for the Green party to promote a policy of sending in charter jets and bringing the lot to Australia. Instead they ration the refugees through whether they can survive a dangerous sea voyage.

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  20. hane (59 comments) says:

    Who was it that according to myth managed to navigate their canoes to this land to our detriment forever?

    Please go and get yourself a history lesson from from myth making brown bro.

    Shameful that Mr. Farrar condones blatant racist comments like the above being posted on his website.

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  21. big bruv (12,386 comments) says:

    “The reality is of course you only welcome the ones with money to buy houses and justify road building etc .”

    Bloody oath!, we should welcome them with open arms.

    The bludgers, convicted terrorists like Zaoui, and refugees should be automatically returned to their homeland as soon as they arrive.

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