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Finally, we are addressing ABC bias

Crikey readers talk the ABC, people smugglers and why Tassie should host its own G21.

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Stop the people smugglers

Crikey readers talk climate denialism, The Australian’s true purpose and who should set Australia’s immigration policy.

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Ex-ADF chief: asylum seeker solution can’t be an Indonesian problem

In a new Australia21 essay on Australia’s asylum seeker debate, former Defence Force chief Chris Barrie argues for a more strategic approach with Indonesia to stop the boats.

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Sending asylum seekers offshore harmful — and won’t stop the boats

The offshore processing of asylum seekers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea deliberately harms human beings and has no benefit other than political smoke and mirrors, argues Susan Metcalfe.

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Australia-Indonesia commitment a must on people smuggling

Australia’s efforts to combat people smuggling cannot afford to be one-sided, but involve a genuine commitment to work with Indonesia, write academics Melissa Crouch and Antje Missbach.

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High court battle fuels leadership
speculation

Crikey media wrap: When the High Court struck down the government’s hyped Malaysia refugee plan this week, its decision started a media flurry about the government’s ability to rule — and Julia Gillard’s to lead.

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People smuggling won’t stop until the customer base dissolves

It’s virtually impossible to adequately police the thousands of kilometres of Indonesian coastline and prevent Indonesia’s fishermen from crewing boats to Australia, writes Sue Hoffman, a Perth-based refugee advocate.

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Wilkie’s ‘disruption operation’ solution: sugar in the fuel tank?

Intelligence sharing, sugar in the fuel tank or drilling holes in boats — just what did Andrew Wilkie mean when he called for re-energised “disruption operations” as a way of halting the people smuggling trade?

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Gans: Let’s get in on this people smuggling business

What a mess asylum seeker policy appears to be, with so little clear articulation of what it is in the context of other options that existed. It’s all about looking “tough”, writes Joshua Gans.

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Barns: anti-people smuggling law flawed and innocents will suffer

ASIO’s powers will be greatly expanded under the government’s new anti-people smuggling laws. Courts have to send people to jail for no less than three years or five years if they are involved in people smuggling.

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The Daily Telegraph | FEDERAL|

My life as a people smuggler

Fake visa stamps, paying a corrupt airport official to open a side door, waiting at McDonalds, making $500,000 profit — it was an easy life until John Howard stopped the boats, says one former people smuggler turned AFP covert agent.

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Porous borders would save millions in terms of people smuggling

Making people smuggling legal and properly regulated would be a winner for the Australian economy and save billions on silly games such as Christmas Island.

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The answer is ASIO

Another security announcement, another boost for ASIO. It doesn’t take an alfoil-wearing conspiracy theorist to see a pattern, the Government is keen to bolster its security credentials.

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The Australian | ASIA-PACIFIC|

How Oceanic Viking sunk our relationship with Indonesia

Most of the Oceanic Viking refugees are now resettled in Australia, thanks to pressure applied by Kevin Rudd. But pity those 255 Tamils waiting in Merak, because Rudd has used up all Indonesia’s good will, writes Paul Maley.

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New Matilda | FEDERAL|

How to balance the human stories against the hard rhetoric

With the focus on leadership spills and Copenahgen, people smuggling has been put on the political backburner. But expect refugees to be an even more bloody election battle than climate change, says Suvendrini Perera.

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VIDEO: Inside the Indonesia-Australia people smuggling trade

Al Jazeera goes inside a network of people smugglers taking asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia, revealing some closely-guarded secrets of the human trafficking trade.

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Myopia and forgetfulness the preferred direction on foreign policy

When the Rudd Labor government was elected two years ago, there were high hopes that it would leave behind the more negative foreign policies of its predecessor Howard coalition government. What we have, though, is a foreign policy shambles.

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National Times | UNCATEGORIZED|

Allard: Humane, but definitely not tough

So much for “tough but humane”: the Government’s offer to resettle refugees aboard the Oceanic Viking has turned the whole saga into a farcical political pantomime, says Tom Allard. It will do nothing to deter people smugglers.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | UNCATEGORIZED|

Rudd’s “secret plan” to increase Sri Lankan migration

The Government is looking to allow more Sri Lankans to emigrate legally to Australia in an effort to reduce the incentive for them to come via people smugglers.

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Asian Correspondent | FEDERAL|

Bartlett: A call to stop mandatory detention for people smugglers

Anyone caught assisting with the unlawful entrance of asylum seekers to Australia is brandished a people smuggler and receives mandatory detention. Is Indonesia’s unhappiness at Australia imprisoning some of their poorest damaging our diplomatic relations? asks Andrew Bartlett.

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National Times | FEDERAL|

In defence of people smugglers

Kevin Rudd may deride people smugglers as the “scum of the Earth”, but for Andrew Casey, they’re the people who gave him the opportunity for a better life.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Possum: The first big poll on asylum seekers

The long awaited polling on public perceptions of the asylum seeker issue is in, finding 52% think the Government is too weak on border protection and 66% support the decision to turn back boats. Possum Comitatus has more.

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Meet Kevin Rudd’s “scum of the earth”

The two men charged with bringing a boatload of Afghani asylum seekers into Australian waters appeared before the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory last week. Are these the people really “scum of the Earth”?

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The Age | FEDERAL|

Carney: Rudd steers the future course of asylum seekers

Kevin Rudd is struggling to balance his “tough, but fair” asylum seeker line. Why doesn’t he take a more humanitarian stand, but be honest and acknowledge the possible increase of people smuggling? asks Shaun Carney.

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Asylum seekers: territorial security versus electoral suicide

Kevin Rudd repeatedly denounces traffickers as “the vilest form of people on the planet” but says nothing whatsoever about those governing Sri Lanka — almost as if it’s morally worse to smuggle victims away from atrocities than it is to perpetrate them in the first place.

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