One of the most obvious questions I’d like to ask the “THEY’D BETTER NOT LAND HERE” crowd is – where would you like to send them?
You mean to the land they’ve fled? The land they say is persecuting them? You don’t care if that means death, then?
Alright, back to their last port of call! Indonesia, wasn’t it?
You mean already overcrowded Indonesia that already takes its own share of refugees? You mean this Indonesia?
The Federal Government has described as “regrettable” the shooting of two suspected asylum seekers whose boat was intercepted by the Indonesian coastguard.
This is what I don’t understand about you and your ilk. I’m going to assume, for the sake of argument, that you are not a moron. Therefore, you realise that the people coming on the boats are fellow human beings. You realise that their input into our total immigrant numbers is miniscule. You realise that we are only one of many, many other countries to which refugees flee – and one of the minor destinations. You realise that most of the people who’ve dared the trip from Indonesia on shabby boats are ultimately found to be genuine refugees. You realise that this country was built on the backs of immigrants fleeing wartorn – and, yes, impoverished – countries for a chance at a better life. You realise that the “queue jumping” line, the attempt to play one refugee off against another, is ridiculous – no-one in an official queue has their application delayed because someone was picked up in a boat. You realise that there is no genuine security concern – terrorists would just fly in. You realise that jail is the toughest punishment we have, that we impose on the worst criminals in our country – and that the facilities in which we’re housing people who’ve committed no crime except trying to join us are essentially jails.
You realise that what the people on the boats are doing is precisely what you would do in the same circumstances.
And yet you want them STOPPED. You want them LOCKED UP. You want them SENT HOME.
And the party that promises to treat these people the worst, that party will get your vote?
I’m not scared of the dreaded “boat people”. I’m scared of you.