here is my latest blog post over at goldcoast.com.au:
SO another boatload of asylum seekers showed up in Australian waters yesterday.
Thirty-two more refugees from some of the world’s more despicable regimes spent their life savings paying a despicable arse of a people-smuggler so they could get on a leaky boat headed for a country they believe to be founded on freedom and opportunity.
And what is our supposedly left-wing, small ‘l’ liberal government going to do with them?
Well, according to news.com.au, ‘the group will be taken to Christmas Island pending removal to another country after Labor last week announced its plans to send asylum seekers to Malaysia and restart processing in Papua New Guinea’.
Because apparently, here in the ‘Lucky Country’ we don’t have enough room. Or enough resources. Or enough backbone. Or enough compassion. Or something.
It’s all bull-puckey.
What’s happening here is nothing to do with space, or money or resources.
It’s to do with racism and fear.
Can you seriously tell me that if for some reason a boatload of English people felt the need to flee their country in a rust-bucket, that we’d be putting them in a dingy detention centre at the crappy end of Port Moresby?
I don’t believe that for a second.
What’s wrong with us all? Seriously?
This country is populated, almost entirely, by immigrants or descendants of immigrants.
Unless you are Aboriginal, you are an immigrant or of immigrant stock.
I am. Came here from England when I was six. Became a citizen at 20. Wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, despite one or two incentives to go elsewhere.
But I really fear for this country’s psyche right now, not to mention our Karma points, which frankly, must be getting a little scarce.
Face up to it, at least. Face the fact that we don’t want the little brown and yellow people coming here. Have the guts at least to say that, instead of couching it in bureaucratese and weazel words.
I’ve never been more disgusted in a Labor government.
If Julia Gillard slides any further to the centre, she’ll be overtaking Malcolm Turnbull on his way left.
It makes me sick.
let ‘em rip, people.