Why the Australian left has it so wrong on refugee policy, by Tom Akhurst.
Australia is the greatest per capita permanent resettler of refugees in the world — and one of only 27 nations that even do it. With control over refugee inflows, we open our arms and our wallets with unrivalled compassion. …
The refugee left pursue an unproductive idealistic utopia for personal moral comfort — it is only the people smugglers that benefit from their moral incompetence.
Their view is of Australia as an international pariah; a refugee-hating nation that seeks to control movements in its citizenry out of racism, not rationalism. In great contrast, OSB [Operation Sovereign Borders] is intrinsically refugee-centric and the envy of pragmatic leaders around the globe.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that there are some 60 million displaced people and refugees globally … Although we would like to offer a new home to each and every one of these people, to suggest so is ridiculous. …
Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd came to the inane conclusion that it was not Australia’s strong border control, which had deterred maritime arrivals during John Howard’s term. … Rudd believed he could resettle any person who came by boat.
What ensued was the arrival of 800 boats, carrying some 50,000 asylum seekers. 1200 vulnerable men, women and children died a tragic death at sea. Rudd was unable to accommodate such enormous arrivals in such short time. 17 new detention centres were opened with over 10,000 asylum seekers (including 2000 children) dumped into them. …
The hypocrisy of the refugee left is astonishing. In their boundless search for moral supremacy, they hold the Turnbull Government responsible for the detention of asylum seekers. Entirely to the contrary, it was the soft border policy of the Rudd Government that placed refugees in detention. When the government loses control of its borders, it must resort to this practice.
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hat-tip Stephen Neil