Yes, there is a general increase in the number of people around the globe seeking new and safer homes. But as Andrew Bolt has shown, this general increase is not sufficient to account for the dramatically higher number of illegal immigrants heading to Australia in recent months.
Kevin Rudd and his posse of experts are all saying it is nothing to do with the government’s loudly proclaimed ‘nicer’ policies on immigration. The experts all seem pretty confident because, among other things, how would potential immigrants know about changes in Australian policies?
But why do these enlightened and nicer experts and politicians assume that potential immigrants, even the illegal ones, are so stupid they cannot read a paper, watch TV, use the internet, or even talk to friends or family?
Especially when the immigrants themselves say they are coming, or plan to come, because they have heard that things are different now:
One refugee from Iraq says he’s heard from family in Australia that things have changed under the Rudd government.
“Kevin Rudd, he change everything about the future,” he’s told ABC Radio. “If I go to Australia now, different, different. Maybe accepted. But when John Howard (was the prime minister of) … Australia he said come back to Indonesia.”
Surely it is time think again about the message we are sending.
I’m amazed but pleased by this obviously commonsense decision from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Fiona Dickie, of mixed Zulu and English background, complained that she had been subjected to a ‘campaign of racism’ at the Melbourne school where she was employed as a teacher.
For example, she claimed to be shocked when a fellow teacher complimented her by saying ‘You look lovely today, you remind me of that Negro Australian singer, Marcia Hines.’
Senior Tribunal member Noreen Megay said there was no evidence of racism at the school.
“To say that the complainant’s allegations turned out to be entirely unsupported would be an understatement,” Ms Megay wrote. She said it was important to understand that conduct considered unfair by certain people was not necessarily discriminatory.
“Put simply, just because someone does not warm to you and does not like you and does not agree with you and does not share your particular passions, it does not follow that his or her conduct is unlawful.”
Ms Megay said an emotionally fragile Ms Dickie believed that anyone who did not agree with her was against her, discriminatory and racist.
The Australian Navy has released photos of before and after the explosion on board the boat of illegal immigrants north of Australia a week ago.
The boat exploded after passengers doused it with petrol in an attempt to force the Navy to escort them to Australia rather than the immigration centre on Christmas Island.
Navy personnel were on the boat at the time of the explosion, and were injured. Five of the passengers were killed.
What stands out from these photos is the instant and compassionate response of armed forces personnel as they rescue and give first aid to illegal immigrants who had no right to be in Australian waters and had deliberately set fire to their own boat.
It is the courage, care, efficiency and self-sacrifice of young men and women like this that we celebrate on ANZAC Day. Well done. And thanks.
Hilary Clinton also has a few kind words to say about ANZAC Day:
“Anzac Day is a day of respect and remembrance, a day to mark a defining event for Australia and New Zealand – Gallipoli – where courage and loyalty demonstrated the intrepid character of two young nations, whose heroes now rest in peace in the soil of a friendly country,” Senator Clinton said in a statement on Friday.
The US recognised the significance of the Anzac tradition and Americans joined with Australians in remembering those lost in battle, she said.
“Along with you, we pay our respects and express gratitude to your dedicated troops,” Senator Clinton said. “Most importantly, along with you, we remember.”
This is gruesome.
Police have released an x-ray picture of the head of Chen (aka Anthony) Liu, who was murdered in Sydney last year. He was shot in the head multiple times with a nail gun.
I’m not sure why police released the photo, or how this could help them with their enquiries. No one has been arrested yet. Police are asking for help, particularly from anyone who might have seen Mr Liu’s car in Rockdale or Connells Point around 19 October 2008.
It beats me how anyone can do something like this to another human being.
Yahoo/Seven has a poll asking this question.
At 9am this morning the answer was entirely predictable.
This is a good indicator of the basic common sense of the ordinary Australian. The kind who never stood a chance of being invited.
Was the 2020 Summit a Waste of Time?