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Email to Chris Bowen

Here is a copy of an email I have just sent to Chris Bowen:


Mr Bowen,

As a concerned citizen I’d like to pass on my opinions of the High Court
asylum seeker ruling.

I believe that this is a golden opportunity for the Government to get on the
front foot and take a giant stride forward on the treatment of asylum seekers
instead of following the descending spiral of xenophobia that the “Howard Way”
consists of.

Is there any reason why asylum seekers who arrive by boat can’t be treated in
the same manner as asylum seekers who arrive by plane?  What are the objections
to having asylum seekers live in the community while being processed?  I know
they cannot collect benefits from the Government so the whingeing about them
taking the taxpayers money is unfounded.

I understand that it is extremely difficult for the Government to get
positive coverage of their agenda with the media hell bent on regime change, but
you have stuck to your guns with the Carbon Tax…why can’t you do the right
thing with asylum seekers?  I know it is a hot button issue with some sectors of
the community, but frankly these types of people are not going to vote for you
any way having swallowed the Tony Abbott kool-aid…why not take a stand and be
more humanitarian about it?

The media are not going to give you a good time with it, but the public is
rapidly becoming aware of their failings and I think a wave of disenchantment is
starting to build with news coverage. If you stick to the facts and statistics
and keep hammering them day and night, eventually people will accept that the
boat arrivals are a small fraction of our asylum seeker intake.  If you also
keep hammering that it is not illegal to seek asylum it will eventually sink

I firmly believe that now is the time to take a stand and reverse away from
the racist Howard ways of dealing with asylum seekers.  We should be processing
them onshore and doing so as rapidly as possible.  The racist, xenophobic, NIMBY
section of our society will not be happy with it, but you will bring a lot of
people back into the fold…people who would welcome your return to Labor
principles and cheerfully vote for you once more.

Seriously, at this point what do you have to lose?

  1. Neil of Sydney
    September 2, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    “Is there any reason why asylum seekers who arrive by boat can’t be treated in
    the same manner as asylum seekers who arrive by plane?”

    I suspect that the asylum seekers who arrive by plane are not asylum seekers. They arrive on business, tourist or student visas. After staying here they like it so much they apply for asylum because they do not want to go home.

    Students from China are notorious for applying for asylum before their visas expire for the simple reason Australia is a nicer place to live than China.

    Hence their rejection rate is high. Only 20% are successful. This means that 80% of applicants have lied to try and stay in Australia.

    I would really like to know what percentage of plane people are fleeing persecution.

  2. Massivespray
    September 2, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Valid point Neil…especially considering the vast majority of asylum seekers by boat are accepted as genuine refugees. These are the ones we should be treating more humanely.

  3. Neil of Sydney
    September 3, 2011 at 4:26 AM

    I used to think when people mentioned “what about the refugees who fly in”, they were talking about some poor devil who just managed to hop on a plane before he was going to be killed.

    Nope. They are people who are here on working, holiday and student visas. So they are not really refugees because their motive for coming her is to work, have a holiday or to study.

    I only see this mention of “plane people” on leftoid blogs so I assume it is a deceitful argument for deceitful reasons.


    “Her comments were backed up by Sydney immigration lawyer David Bitel, who said the tougher skilled migration rules would lead to many former international students seeking refugee status.

    “Regrettably, a significant number of overseas students will choose to go down that path,” said Mr Bitel, a past president of the Refugee Council of Australia.

    It was regrettable because many would not be refugees and fabricated claims would only make it harder for genuine cases, he said.”

  4. jane
    September 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Neil you make good point on plane arrivals seeking asylum. As MS says, most boat arrivals are accepted as refugees; the willingness to risk their lives in a perilous sea crossing to Australia speaks volumes. I doubt plane arrivals would be prepared to go to such lengths.

    BTW, excellent email, MS.

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