Tag: Tony Abbott

Australia Just Elected Rob Long

 

TurnbullRe: the switch in prime ministers today in Australia (members of the right-of-center Liberal-National coalition tossed out Tony Abbott in favor of Malcolm Turnbull), a friend writes the following–and, please note, the headline above is his:

RINO squish Turnbull takes over for Abbott. Bad for social conservatives. If he can govern, good for business and innovation.

Any Ricochet members from Down Under care to comment?

How Australia Stopped Illegal Immigration

 

Boat arrivals_20976_image003Just two years ago, Australians were told that “push factors,” not our government’s policies, were responsible for the increase in refugee boats arriving on our shores. Fortunately, the Australian people elected a new government with new policies designed to “Stop the Boats.” The results are to your right. And no, 2014 and 2015 aren’t lacking data: they properly indicate that there were, in effect, no more boats.

To give you some background, a significant number of boats carrying “asylum seekers” began arriving in Australia in 1999. Concerned, John Howard’s government instituted a policy of immediately detaining all unauthorised arrivals before transferring them to Australian-run detention centers in nearby nations (the “Pacific Solution”), as well as creating a new visa category for those already here that could not be converted into permanent residence status. Along with a high profile detention effort (The Tampa Affair) in 2001, the message got out and the arrivals dried up. In 2002, there was just one boat with one person.

Over the next few years, the smugglers occasionally probed. Six boats arrived with 60 people in 2006. But the policy was controversial. We were turning our backs on asylum seekers (of course, very few had come directly from their place of alleged persecution).

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Here in Sydney, “backlash” warnings began with in minutes of the siege hitting the news.(“Not all Muslims” and all rest of the patronising rubbish). Even the PM: “We must not change our generous society”. (I quote from memory fairly accurately I think). It’s as though we were being softened up to make concessions *already* — […]

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Misthiocracy recently had a post about the Canadian jihadist attacks and the way Prime Minister Harper behaved in the aftermath. A soldier was murdered at a war memorial, and when a new honor guard was sent, the Canadian media was surprised to see P.M. Harper show up, and to see him mingle with the crowd […]

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