I wrote a post referencing Fruit Cake's recent series of well argued posts about refugees in Australia. What I wrote was inaccurate and illogical and I am not prepared to put the time in to research details.
I will just state what I think, which may or may not match facts.
People who are claiming refugee status when they arrive in Australia are entitled to come any which way they like. If it is by a leaky boat, fine. If is by airplane, that is fine too. There is nothing illegal about a refugee trying to gain sanctuary.
We have experienced people who we pay to judge whether they are dinki di refugees or not. I suspect most are not, but are people who want come to Australia for a better life. I suspect many have been accepted as genuine refugees who are not. But I suppose we have to trust the system.
I also suggest that the arrivals' status should be determined within one month and a decision made. To have people in camps and in offshore processing places for extended periods is cruel, especially when if the department is doing its job and most will be sent home.
Yes, some people live in crap countries and I was born lucky enough to live in an ok western country.
Meanwhile in Africa, a starving woman sees her starving child die. Put the huge of amount of money that we waste on refugee matters into education of the masses in Africa. This is a long term solution. Educated people don't overbreed but dictators don't like their masses to be educated.
Education is the only thing that will save the third world human race from its propensity to breed and populate.
As for the boat people, I don't care anymore. Let them drown at sea for their foolishness. Of course I don't mean that literally, but the politics of the boat arrivals is ever so wearing.
There is always the Malaysian option. No, not the one Julia proposed, the real Malaysian solution, when they just pushed boats arriving back out to international waters and let them drown.
Someone who is thirty years old has probably heard about the 'illegals' for most of their life. They must be well over it too.
If someone's life or well being is at risk, they should be up for consideration. If they have made it to Indonesia or Malaysia, they are probably safe once there.
We will decide who comes to our country, so ex PM John Howard said. Much as I despise him, I don't disagree.