Stopping The Boats

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

There is a lot of speculation as to whether the Australian Government paid the people smuggling crew $5,000 each to turn a boat back to Indonesia, carrying 65 asylum seekers.

Senior Government ministers Julie Bishop and Peter Dutton said “no”, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Macquarie Radio, “What we do is stop the boats by hook or by crook, because that’s what we’ve got to do and that’s what we’ve successfully done”.

I personally have no problem with the thought of our Government paying the captain and crew of this boat $5,000 each. Sure it sets a dangerous precedent that could result in further boat arrivals coming for cash grabs by people smugglers, but no matter how tougher stance we have on boat arrivals, some will still try to enter our country no matter what.

Let’s face it, the alleged $40,000 fee paid to the people smugglers is a drop in the ocean compared to the $7.1 million spent on patrol boats, given to Indonesian Police to prevent people smuggling in 2011, and the $2.8 billion spent in 2013 by Labor to deal with the 18,000 that arrived under Julia Gillard’s Labor Government.

Refugee Action Coalition Sydney calculates the detention of one single refugee at $400,000 a year on Manus Island or Nauru, and $239,000 per person if detained in Australia. It’s pretty simple to do the sums Australia!

Yes there are better things this country can spend $40,000 on, but it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than letting them in the back door.

Over the years criminals, and people not suited to be Australians have been allowed in to our country under the guise of refugee. Most are looking for a host country to give them a good life, pay them for doing nothing, and pay for their health, education and housing at the expense of other Australians. I am not a bleeding heart like those in the Greens party or the useless Labor Party who created the problem in the first place. Kevin Rudd dissolved John Howard’s policy that had stopped the boats.

In September 2013, Australians voted for the Abbott Government to stop the boats. He has done this and I applaud him for his strong stance.
If payment was made to the crew, I believe this will send a clear message to others asylum seekers to think twice before handing over money to criminal people smugglers, to make the same trip.



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