I was feeling very ranty when I wrote this. Is is intemperate to say the least. But it was a busy weekend on the Bellarine at Sister's and nothing is written for tomorrow so publish and be damned, or as Antikva's marvellous line goes, 'And she hit publish...'.
Australia takes in 20,000 refugees a year and has for some time. Is this figure inadequate? How many refugees should we take in? There are millions of refugees in the world. What is the correct figure for Australia to take in?
People bang on about a humane response to refugees, especially boat arrivals. Boat arrivals have the wherewithal to fly to Indonesia on a holiday visa and pay for a passage on a boat and seek status via a politically biased refugee intake system.
Of course we make a joke about The Abbott and his stop the boats, perhaps in the future sitting at Kirribilli House and shooting holes in the boat hulls of the refugee boats, but I will especially direct to The Greens and Sarah Hansen Young, what does Australia do about the millions of refugees in the world?
Of course we want to be compassionate, but to whom do we show compassion?
For mine, put defence boats in the seas to defend our territorial sea borders. You need a visa to come to Australia. You may have to queue in some hideous refugee camp for years, but that is how the system works. When the Indo Chinese came to Australia, most came here from refugee camps.
I don't know why refugee boats were not turned back in the first place years ago, but I think they need to be now.
Before you tell me what a heartless bastard I am , please do explain what your ideas are about and what to do with the millions of many deserving refugees in the world? I may not entirely agree with Pants but is it worth rethinking Australia?
Still, I can't get past that there are millions of refugees and many have waited a long time to get to a so called civilised country, and every boat arrival person who is accepted is one less patiently waiting person from a camp.
And then there are the climate change refugees from low lying islands who will need somewhere to live in the future. Australia as a huge creator of green house gas per person that has brought about climate change surely has some responsibility. Oh, does that include Bangladesh?
It is all just too hard and selfishly I am blocking my ears to the plight of refugees. I am relatively lucky to be born in Australia. I am not as lucky as some who are born in St Marys in Praed Street, Paddington.
But seriously, bugger the refugees. It is an issue that will never solve itself, not matter what is done. What rich Western countries need to spend money on is education of the disadvantaged and health care in other countries. There is nothing a despotic ruler likes worse than an educated population who breed less.
Then just yesterday I read of how many African refugees arrive in Italy. How does Italy deal with the matter? Must check.
But I am no longer wringing my hands over boat refugees. Why would you when so many more arrive by aeroplane.
Oh, I haven't seen a really obvious