ONE OCCASION CARR WAS CORRECT...
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.
Iranian boat people are “economic migrants”, said Bob Carr to a dismayed Green alliance not accustomed to hearing the truth from its Labor partners. Most of the trouble seen in detention centres is from an influx of well-shod Iranian arrivals who believed the smugglers’ tales of a Southern Shangri La where free money falls like manna, if you promise not to work.
Scott Morrison should skip the “processing” bullshit and put them all on a plane back to Teheran tomorrow.
Even our estranged Indonesian “friends” cancelled Iranian visas, but still they arrived courtesy of the super-salesman smuggler and artless Labor/Green naivete.
Despite Western sanctions Iran has developed from the grand old Persia into a 10,000 year-old culture-rich modern nation with the highest urban growth rate in the World.
It boasts one of the World’s top ten shopping malls with nary a burqa to be seen.
Its nuclear program has the US and Israel crapping their pants while they totally ignore its volatile neighbour Pakistan’s nuclear capability.
Nuclear capability, by its very nature, can be a nuclear deterrent and Iran sees itself as a potential policeman of the Persian Gulf.
There are no other starters for the position except for the unwilling, witless Saudis.
Iran (believe it or not the title is derived from ‘Aryan’) provides social services, including unemployment benefits, even for women, and is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank, so why the hell were law-abiding Iranians with nose jobs and laptops flooding here on boats from Indonesia?
Getting hacked to bits by Fuzzy Wuzzies with bush knives in the humid backblocks of PNG’s Manus Island hardly seems an attractive alternative to a modern Teheran.
Unless you’re a Kurdish nutter, an anti-Shia political activist or a criminal you have no reason to escape Iran.
Iran is an Islamic theocracy with a rapidly growing population three times that of Australia's and last year democratically voted to replace the repulsive mad midget, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with the more moderate Hassan Rouhani who is intent on courting the West.
Cold war propaganda gave us the concept of Siberian salt mines and a grey, decaying, sinister Moscow that hardly compares to Sochi or the rest of beautiful Russia.
Current propaganda gives us visions of bloodthirsty Iranian alchemists intent on nuking Israel. Neither is true!
The ABC recently reported, “Iran's poor economy and religious, political and racial persecution is blamed for refugees.”... what a load of frog droppings... and typical of the ABC!
Morrison should get opportunistic Tamils and Iranians on the next plane out of Manus Island and off the Australian mainland and start concentrating on those who really do need our help.
(I was going to include Kiwis in there but I’d lose more than half my readers.)