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REFUGEE DISASTER December 17, 2010

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
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The Prime Minister blames the people smugglers for the vessel carrying about 100 refugees that smashed up on the rocks of Christmas Island.

ABC News Online, reports:

Ms Gillard says people smugglers, and not government policy, are to blame for the tragic incident.

“No-one should let the people smugglers off the hook here,” she said.

“The people smugglers who ply this evil trade, who seek to profit on human misery with callous disregard to human life – and let’s just reflect for a moment on the tragic loss of life in this incident – people smugglers who ply this evil trade are responsible, and no-one should be saying that somehow they should be let off the hook.”

That argument ignores the reasons that people take enormous risks getting onto, often unsafe vessels to make the last leg of their journey across the sea, which as this disaster illustrates can be treacherous. Most of these people are fleeing war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, and who can blame them. Indonesia may be hospitable, but they are still prepared to throw the dice to leave.

Detention is intentionally punitive. The attitudes of the Gillard Government appear similar to those practiced by Howard without the cost of detaining refugees in Nauru.

ELSEWHERE:

In The Independent, Guy Goodwin-Gill points out international law recognizes the right of people to seek refuge, and Kathy Marks article is headlined, “The tragedy that shames Australia”.

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