HIGH COURT SET TO RULE AGAINST MORRISON
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Injunctive relief temporarily preventing Australia handing 153 Tamils back to the Sri Lankan Navy, mid-ocean, simply calls for a brief time-out for both parties to plead their cases, but there seems little doubt the High Court will find Sri Lanka as repulsive as it found Malaysia. But long term it will have no effect on Morrison’s “Sovereign Borders” policy.
There is also little doubt that the Sri Lankan Government needs longer than five years to forgive the atrocities committed by the Tamil Tigers. The Sri Lankan military is no less guilty of the same atrocities but the victor is never found guilty of war crimes, only the vanquished.
The Tamils have accepted defeat, they have abandoned their claim for a separate State and have embraced a federation, but the Sri Lankan Government is not likely to let them off the hook that easily.
Sri Lanka has assured Australia on many occasions that there is no persecution of Tamils. Well, if you believe that then you’ll believe Tom Waterhouse wants you to win.
Of course there is persecution of the defeated Tamils! Rivers of blood have hardly congealed and you can’t simply shake hands, shout a round of beers and say all’s forgiven, not after a war like that one. Reconciliation will require a new generation.
The UNHCR itself has no problem resettling refugees in Sri Lanka, despite the island nation not a being a signatory to the UNHCR Refugee Convention, and that will be something the High Court will need to consider, but those UNHCR refugees aren’t Tamils.
What the High Court will not consider is the armada of vessels (and resultant drownings) that will follow once it is known Australia will take Tamils under the Convention’s rule of “non-refoulement” which prohibits returning asylum seekers back to their home countries if it’s possible they might face persecution.
The trouble is that this is a Convention Australia helped draft and we are already at least technically in breach of it. Today is Morrison’s watershed moment, despite the possibility these Tamils may have already been transferred to the Sri Lankan navy and on their way home.
Over 100,000 Tamil refugees inhabit squalid camps in India right now, and that statistic belies Sri Lanka’s claims of no persecution.
But the Abbott Government is smarter than the average bear, it supplied Sri Lanka with some very expensive patrol boats and there is no need for our navy to intercept Tamil vessels. A quick phone call to give coordinates to Colombo and their navy will happily serve to circumvent any of Australia’s High Court rulings.
Of course Australia will continue to cop international reputational damage because Fairfax and the ABC, who are determined to dismantle Morrison’s plans for secure borders, are in constant phone contact with the illegal immigrants, or in the Tamils’ case, potential refugees.
The Left’s tiresome bleating about a lack of information is confounding. This is a security matter involving our borders, and our armed forces have been given orders to intercept unknown vessels... why the hell should naval operational procedures be made public?
But Morrison’s quandary is that Tamils are acceptable front-door immigrants, they are Hindu and readily assimilate. They are industrious, appreciative and not potential welfare recipients, but they cannot be accepted by boat under any circumstance, despite today’s imminent High Court ruling.
The problem is how do we differentiate between persecuted Tamils and free-loading, treacherous Muslims without appearing racist?
Or should we care?