MANUS IS PNG’s PROBLEM
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.
PM Rudd’s last minute arrangement for illegal immigrants, made with PNG during the 2013 election, was nothing more than a one page memorandum of understanding... no contract and not even an agreement was signed. The MOU was hurriedly drawn up between roast pig and betel nut banquets. But the $30 million of Aussie taxpayers’ funds handed over to the brawling savages did seal the deal. It was typically just another of Rudd's arrangements.
Immigration Minister, Tony Burke said prior to the last election that one site alone (Manus Island) had the capacity to hold "10,000" asylum seekers in a tent city.
"The new sites we are looking at are proof that there is no cap on capacity," Mr Burke continued. "Anyone who thought that people smugglers might be able to overwhelm our policy will realise just how serious this Government is.”
Burke argued that the 10,000 figure for PNG was not an upper limit and that a figure of 100,000 “settlers” was possible within PNG. Hmmmm.
PM Turnbull will now have to decide whether to play hardball with the dishonest natives to our north. But no decision will be forthcoming until after the coming election.
Australia shouldn’t give a stuff what their “Supreme” Court has decided. PNG is an alien jurisdiction. Although our High Court ruled Gillard’s Malaysia solution illegal, Rudd’s PNG solution was ruled constitutional from our end.
If the Australian Government is to bend to a PNG “Supreme” Court judgment then the PNG Government must repay, pro rata, the relevant amount of the $30 million given it as part of the loose arrangement.
The fact that Rudd shook penis sheaths on the deal means nothing, but the $30 million does legitimise the deal. And there is Buckley’s chance of getting that money back as it has already gone on grog, new Mercs for ministers and Filipino hookers.
So, the spectre of Rudd has again returned with yet another of his giant fuck-ups... but this time, it’s a doozy. PNG cannot send these boat people to Australia and Australia has no legal obligation to relocate them.
The most likely outcome is that Turnbull will bury the debacle until after the election then those who have been determined legitimate “refugees”, around 400, will be sent to the PNG mainland and given citizenship status.
The Australian Government will then give them preferred immigration status on E bridging visas, thereby avoiding PNG’s “Supreme” Court ruling on "refugees" because they are now provisional PNG citizens and no longer refugees.
As for the remaining illegal refugees, they can stay and be given the keys to their lock ups until they either kill each other off or decide that anywhere is better than a Manus hell hole and Aussie taxpayers will again pay some poor country more millions to take them.
One thing for certain is that Peter O’Neill will have his grubby little hand out for more Aussie cash.