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Rudd stopped the boats

Posted 07-19-2013 at 12:43 AM by Strike Witch
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MeechMunchie's Avatar


This is literally all I know about Australian politics.
Posted 07-19-2013 at 05:12 AM by MeechMunchie MeechMunchie is offline

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How did Rudd stop the boats? Moving all the refugees to PNG isn't going to solve anything.

The only way to stop people getting on boats is to process their refugee status in Malaysia and convince other countries to help Australia resettle them.


EDIT: He's saying that refugees who arrive in Australia by boat won't be settled in Australia. I sincerely doubt that will pass a High Court challenge.
Posted 07-19-2013 at 05:32 AM by Nate Nate is offline

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I wonder if the court will challenge it.
Posted 07-19-2013 at 05:37 AM by Strike Witch Strike Witch is offline

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Moving all the refugees to PNG isn't going to solve anything.
Yeah, JPEGs take up less space.

*Rimshot*
Posted 07-19-2013 at 09:07 AM by MeechMunchie MeechMunchie is offline

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Varrok's Avatar
Um. What's this blog about?
Posted 07-19-2013 at 11:00 AM by Varrok Varrok is offline

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MA's Avatar
i keep forgetting Ghost doesn't live in Japan.

fraud.
Posted 07-19-2013 at 01:14 PM by MA MA is offline

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Varrok: Refugees from Iran, Sri Lanka, Somalia, and other places come by boat to Australia. It's only a tiny number compared to the number of refugees on the planet or to the population of Australia, but our politicians know they can use them as a political football.

Lately a few boats have been sinking between Malaysia (which is often where they set off) and Australia. The standard catchphrase from the Right is that they'll Stop The Boats. Depending on context that either means that they'll stop the refugees coming to Australia, or they'll stop them attempting the perilous sea voyage. Either way, both sides of politics are trying to Stop The Boats by treating the refugees harsher and harsher. They're doing that because it's an easier political tactic than standing up and saying "You know what? This is such a minor issue it's not worth arguing about. We're going to treat them humanely because it's the right thing to do, and because it's actually a hell of a lot cheaper than treating them harshly".
Posted 07-19-2013 at 05:04 PM by Nate Nate is offline

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Sinking in literal sense or is it a slang term for flowing or something like that?
Posted 07-20-2013 at 12:18 AM by Varrok Varrok is offline

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Literally sinking, with quite a few people dying and lost at sea as a result.
Posted 07-20-2013 at 12:51 AM by Nate Nate is offline

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Thank you very much for the explanation. And I suppose they weren't sinking just because of the faulty ships?
Posted 07-20-2013 at 01:28 AM by Varrok Varrok is offline

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A mixture of faulty ships, poor navigation, inexperienced people smugglers, bad weather, difficult oceans, and the hope that if they sink while an Australian navy ship is nearby they'll be saved rather than sent away.
Posted 07-20-2013 at 02:47 AM by Nate Nate is offline

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It seems that each time Labor changes leadership they take a few strides to the right.
Posted 07-20-2013 at 05:46 AM by moxco moxco is offline

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Pretty much. The irony is that Rudd swore years ago that if he was re-voted in as leader he wouldn't shift to the right on boat arrivals.
Posted 07-20-2013 at 10:42 PM by Nate Nate is offline

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Does this mean that The Libs have to start standing up for the rights of Boat People now?
Posted 07-20-2013 at 10:54 PM by Phylum Phylum is offline

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No, I think it means that they have to shift further to the right and start using the boats as navy target practice.
Posted 07-21-2013 at 05:30 PM by Nate Nate is offline

 

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