Getting real about refugees

Marilyn Shepherd writes: Re. “Parties prevaricate on asylum seekers … and boats keep coming” (yesterday). As DIAC employees babble again about prevarication on asylum policy they forget that it is not about us or our policy, it is about us breaching the law to destroy the human rights of others.

Regional co-operation is code for “not here, thank you”, because all the nations in our region are not signatory to the refugee convention but they have millions of refugees in their countries while we still whinge about a small number here. We are the laughing stock of the region and quite rightly they are sending more refugees our way.

Electoral games

David Doe writes: Re. “From nuts to Bolt (lovers), the small parties seeking your vote” (yesterday). It should be pointed out that the treasurer and registered officer of the Liberal Democratic Party is also the registered officer of the currently awaiting registration Outdoor Recreation Party. There are no rules against this, but it does bring into question the likelihood that the “Stop the Greens” party is simply a front group for the LDP and are actually unlikely to have the requisite 500 members for registration.

Further: is this the only article we’ll see on the micro parties this election? I would like to think not.

Civil action 

Roy Bray writes: Re. “Surveillance, secrecy and the cost of intelligence outsourcing” (yesterday). Bomb, al-Qaeda, fuse, USA.

Might I suggest that the good old technique of civil disobedience is the way to “fix” the spying on citizens. As you can see this missive is prefaced with a few nasty intelligence words that would be picked up on any internet filter. As in “s-x” when written out in full. If everyone prefaced and ended all emails and Google inquires, etc, with a string of no-no words, the poor old filters would clog up and the data be useles. More or less.

I’m sure an app  designer could build an app that transmits a short list of randon no-no words at the beginning and of end  of each transmission. Cleverly the words need not appear on the screen but would be picked up by filters. Go to it, kids.

Ammoniun Nitrate, anfo, c4.

Peter Fray

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