Labor and the Greens have blood on their hands

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Amid the predictable uproar today from those on the left clambering over each other to lay claim to the moral high ground, a few key facts are worth considering.

When the ALP won power in 2007, the number of refugees held in detention could be counted on one hand, and none of them were children. Under the Howard Government, Australia had had the highest immigration and refugee intake it had ever had.

The measures which were taken to achieve this result were harsh, and caused suffering, but they provided a strong enough deterrent to prevent more suffering from occurring had it not been done. Nothing short of these measures could have achieved this.

imageThe removal of Howard’s Border Protection regime by Labor, strongly supported by the Greens, directly caused the death of over 1000 people who drowned trying to come here in unseaworthy boats.

Australia’s refugee and immigration quotas had to be reduced in order to cope with the 50 000 refugees who arrived here illegally in Labor’s two terms. Now that the Liberal Party has restored order to the immigration program, (again at great cost, sometimes fatal, to the unfortunate refugees involved,) Australia will once again be able to help more people.

It is mind-boggling that those who call for “compassion” and “mercy” for refugees can advocate a policy which causes them nothing but abject suffering, and the policy which they decry as “racist” and a crime against humanity is the policy which helps refugees the most.

The ALP and the Greens have blood on their hands, the blood of over one thousand people who drowned trying to come to Australia by leaky boat, who made the attempt as a direct result of Labor and Greens policy. This point cannot be stressed enough, and it is vital that this point is repeated over and over again, for the sake of our country and for the sake of all who want to come here.

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David Hiscox
David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.
  • Konstantin

    The problem of refugees is not encountered only in Australia; it is a big problem in almost all developed parts of the world, and after the “Arabian Spring” especially in Central Europe. Without going deeper into the issue, I’d like to ask a few questions. Some smaller countries, for example Hungary, hardly cope with the influx of refugees from African and Arab countries, but even so the question is, what do we do with these people? Bear in mind that they run from cruel state and Para-state systems. Have they not deserved to live and work like all other people?

  • You make a very good point, Konstantin, and I have tried to make your point the centrepiece of my argument.

    I make the case that rich Western countries can actually help more people if they can control how they come. Australia had its highest humanitarian and immigration intake when its immigration rules were the tightest.

    And if we can control how people come here, and discourage them from risking their lives on leaky boats, people will not drown on our doorstep.

    • darryl

      also we get to take refugees from un camps most who cannot afford to pay people smugglers