Sending Children Back To Nauru Is Humane and Right
Paul Zanetti is a Walkley award winning syndicated cartoonist with over 30 years in the media. He blogs at www.zanettisview.com
The high court’s ruling, upholding Australia’s offshore processing system, is not only the right one on legal grounds, it’s also profoundly humane.
No more deaths at sea and no more children ripped from their mother’s arms, sinking to the bottom of a cold, dark cruel sea, ending their short innocent lives.
Governments often need to make hard, tough decisions for the greater good and for the best interest of individuals and the nation.
The whole idea of refugees, asylum seekers, illegal entrants, boat people - whatever your terms of choice - especially children, stuck in detention until processed is a pretty raw one, and an example of tough decisions needing to be made.
In an almost unanimous decision (six to one) the high court rejected a legal challenge by a Bangladeshi woman who was on an intercepted boat over two years ago then sent to Nauru, before being transferred to Australia for medical treatment in August 2014, at which time she was pregnant and gave birth in Australia.
While here she and her new activist best friends seized the opportune legal moment which presented itself.
Alas, the court found Australia is well within its rights to send illegals to other countries for detention.
As a consequence of the decision the Australian government is now able to send 267 asylum seekers, the majority here for medical treatment, offshore for proper processing. Nearly 40 are babies born in Australia to mothers from this group, after their transfer to Australia.
Activists have predictably whipped themselves into a Twitter frenzy, but let’s look at facts not agendas dressed up in hysterical mock drama.
Kids are being used by criminals, lawyers, activists, the UN, Greens MPs, the Human Rights Commission and a handful of enabling journalists as emotional pawns to tear down Australia’s borders, without any thought about the real human consequences.
People smugglers are driven by greed. Lawyers are drawn by career advancements through the free publicity. Lawyers love publicity almost as much as money. The publicity helps attract the money.
The United Nations is hell bent on pursuing its borderless free-for-all ideology.
The activists are mostly irresponsible attention seekers. There can’t be any other explanation, knowing what we all do, about criminal activity that results in kids drowning.
Using kids for your own agenda is about as contemptible as it gets. Activists dressed up as journalists do more harm to their publications than the media companies can afford.
Lawyers and activists know if kids get into Australia legally, it’s on again for young and old and Australia’s borders will be about as effective as Germany's - with the same results. The socialist dream is everyone else's nightmare.
Boat smuggling crims aren't so ideological and don't care who they partner with to fill the boats again at $USD 10k a head. They've been eyeballing the high court assault in Australia by their fellow morally corrupt enablers, at the ready to kick start their deadly trade. And they haven't even had to foot the legal bill.
Having now lost the legal fight, the activists have predictably pulled out the next contemptible card, twitter and keyboard fingers poised to go, immorally plastering dozens of pics of babies on social media in a contrived campaign designed to ‘shame’ Malcolm Turnbull. The real ’shame’ is on those exploiting kids and luring them to their death. The shame is not on a government saving and protecting kids.
After Labor’s Kevin Rudd tore down our borders resulting in over 1,200 deaths, including babies, over 2,000 lucky-to-be-alive children were held in detention centres with their parents for processing.
Tony Abbott's promise to stop the boats, matching words with action, stopped kids dying and reduced the number of kids detained. Today fewer than 80 children remain offshore awaiting a final decision.
Sarah Hanson-Young, sobbed, “Malcolm Turnbull will be signing off to child abuse.” The vacuous senator from Sth Australia still doesn't get kids have stopped drowning. Her preferred model remains the one delivering dead kids.
Last October Chris Kenny of The Australian visited Nauru. Kenny interviewed a Somalian women who claimed she was raped on Nauru. When asked for specifics, she refused to give details about when, where and by whom. Police on Nauru said they knew nothing of the allegation.
“We don’t have any complaint coming from her,” the Commissioner of Police Corey Caleb said.
Due to the publicity of her alleged rape, police decided to seek her out for an interview and gave her the chance to make a statement - but she declined.
It’s easy to throw around accusation and allegations especially when advised by phone by activists. Yes, these asylum seekers get all the best advice - and yes they all have mobile phones. A free trip to Nauru if you guess who’s paying for them.
Unfortunately for the activists the story inevitably came unstuck.
What Kenny also reported was the picture painted of Nauru by Greens MPs, so-called journalists and activists was patently false.
The agenda-driven activists had maligned and defamed the people on the island, offensively portraying their island as a living hell on earth with labels like ‘prison island’, ‘guano heap’ or ‘rape culture’ without any thought for their impact on the Nauruans.
The locals complained people from Australia were “telling lies” about them.
All the invented slanderous allegations came from pot stirrers nowhere near Nauru.
Kenny’s report was first hand, thorough, comprehensive and detailed. He spoke to asylum seekers, locals and the police. No other journo has.
He published many photos of asylum seekers including women, walking freely around the island, clearly identified by their cultural dress of hijabs and burqas. He even spoke to asylum seekers running their own local businesses and restaurants.
Kenny wrote of having a coffee at a cafe while watching Australia’s ABC 24 showing discredited Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs talking about “detention centres” while Kenny was sipping his coffee across the road from a car wash, which happened to be another business operated by asylum seekers. Other asylum seekers have jobs in the local businesses.
Kenny says there is no detention on the island. Refugees and asylum-seekers come and go as they please.
For his efforts, he was howled down and abused by the furious agenda seekers on Twitter, showing again they aren’t interested in truth - just point scoring and more faux-outraged lies, while children are still being exploited by the criminal enablers with no shame.