May 9, 2008

Immigration Minister chooses his figures with care

The Imigration Minister's figures on asylum seekers are more spin than substance, writes Margaret Simons.

Figures used by the Minister for Immigration to rebut claims he is tougher on asylum seekers than his Howard Government predecessors include cases that don’t relate to asylum seekers at all.

The Minister says the “vast majority” are asylum seeker cases, but he has not been able to provide a breakdown.

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3 thoughts on “Immigration Minister chooses his figures with care

  1. Venise Alstergren

    This country is beginning to drown under the weight of new arrivals. Melbourne is receiving a thousand people every week, into a city that has little water, non-existent infrastructure and a state government that allows miles of concrete battery houses for people who feel they have the right to have five bedroom houses complete with media rooms and spas. We should be taxing anyone who has more than two children, do we worry? Not a bit of it. We even pay a ‘baby bonus’ yet the bleeding heart brigade is outraged at the government’s decision to means test this scheme. The same bleeding hearts tax their tiny minds in a effort to find ways to bring even more people into the country. The world is staggering under the weight of people and Australia has to follow suit. Pardon me for throwing up!

  2. David M

    Boring, Boring.
    Why is Margaret given so much space in your letter?

  3. George

    This is very disappointing.I for one supported labour financially and by vote for a humane policy. I also supported ASRC.Many immigrants who came here after WW2 want to see us treat current refugees kindly. In a time of severe labour and skill shortages why are we so negative to people who are entrepreneural enough to find their way to Australia. Kon and ASRC have done a tremendous job in keeping people who were not allowed to earn a livinging, get a pension,or receive health care alive and have used volunteers to write visa applications. It is time for Mr Rudd to make the hard decision, despite the fear and prejudice created by the former Government and allow these refugees to stay in Australia and become productive.

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