Tasmanian Times


Irony: Record number of asylum seekers arrive on Dutton’s watch

For all the government’s tough-on-asylum-seekers rhetoric, protection visa applications have blown out to record numbers on Peter Dutton’s watch.

The people smugglers are doing more business than ever. The difference is that their clients are arriving by plane rather than boat and are less likely to be genuine refugees.

The Home Affairs Department website shows 27,931 protection visa applications were made in the latest financial year by plane arrivals …

Read Michael Pascoe’s analysis here on The New Daily

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  1. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    December 10, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks for that, Lindsay.

    This is shocking neglect and/or blind-siding that needs to be urgently amended with massively increased budgets, and some robust action to cauterise the flow immediately and send these wide open front-door gate crashers to Manus and Nauru for proper processing the moment they apply for asylum or are identified in a random ID check.

    We do not need to allow the problem of illegal entry to get so large, as it has in the US, where it has gone on for so long and on such a scale it is almost impossible to manage.

    The consequence of fudging this is the prospective collapse of the multicultural ideal, chronic disruption of the democratic consensus, and the rise of an identitarian constituency that supports Trump look-alikes, and worse.

    If multiculturalism is to survive the next 20-30 years we have to ensure that we govern our borders without the dubious help of a social libertarian ascendancy that seems to have lost its compass and its capacity to make sense of what is going on around it .. rather like the libertarian market ascendancy has done with the environment .. and just as much in denial about it.

    Thank you so much for the alert.

    • Russell

      December 12, 2018 at 6:18 am

      If we destroy their country beyond recognition, and livability through our aiding in occupying and bombing, OR by doing nothing about climate change to drown their islands .. then we OWE them refuge.

      No-one asked the Indigenous Australians if we could settle.

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