I am sick to death of hearing about refugees. There is a queue of them and did I hear we take in 137,000 a year. Australian doesn't need nor can cope with such a population explosion as our immigration program is bringing in people. I would cut the refugee number by a small amount, and reduce general immigration hugely. Let us start with the Kiwis who can just come here and stay and what about the English? Kiwiland and the Old Dartland are nice places. Why do we need to overcrowd our country with people from there? I won't even mention the numbers of people who are here from the subcontinent.
To use the pejorative word, illegals, arrive in planes all the time. They are either caught later or immediately intercepted or stay underground. Now a respected English banker in Mauritius, a non blood relative of R's was locked up in Villawood and subsequently deported. So she should have been. She overstayed.
I live on an island called Australia. We will decide who comes here. (it rather sickens me to quote John Howard). All this rubbish about offshore processing to prevent refugees from accessing our courts is nonsense. It can be up to them, sent back home, or a secondary processing country or a processing place in Australia, but that all it is in Australia, a process for determining their status. If they are found to be genuine refugees, then they go to a position within the queue of refugees and to whatever country will accept them.
The so called Australian refugee crisis is one of the worst aspects of Australian politics I have ever seen and we seem to get sucked in by it all.
As for PM Gillard's bad day over the matter, clearly she has not offered East Timor enough money and ET is playing hard ball. Why would they not? Disappointing moment number one for Gillard. I thought she was politically smarter and would have offered ET good inducements to say the right words.