Look beyond Manus to see the real asylum seekers

Crikey readers talk Manus Island, Operation Sovereign Borders and the situation in Thailand.


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5 thoughts on “Look beyond Manus to see the real asylum seekers

  1. JohnB

    Ken Lambert has returned and again has not failed to disappoint.

    Sure, there are refugees in camps overseas. Surely he knows that efforts (too little, too late?) being directed to their plights.

    What he fails to do is to look squarely and forcefully at what is being done in my name and yours to those poor folk who arrive at our sea borders seeking refuge.

    Whether or not Howard opened a camp here due to something that Kevin Rudd did or did not do a decade back is irrelevant. What Julia Gillard did or did not try to do a couple of years back is also somewhat irrelevant to the here and now.

    Right now, people in our care are being “hung out to dry” as the vernacular might put it. In part, this is because of the Ken Lamberts among us who, rather than seeing humans in need of help and compassion, choose to guess about the origins of the incident which led to the death of one and injury to 80 others.

    Ken may describe it as taking a knife to a gunfight.

    I don’t think that the refuge seekers had even that much chance… and that the lopsided racial brawl which came to them was started by others.

  2. Blair Martin

    If you aren’t doing much, Ken Lambert (and it seems by the twaddle you regularly forward you have) – Scott Morrison is in need of some help in spinning the seemly unspinnable.

  3. Atalanta44

    ‘They are the ones dipping out on a refugee place by orderly government process.’

    Ahhh yes. Where would we be without the old ‘they’re queue jumpers!’ lie?

    Refugee placements are done based on need, not length of time of wait. Plus they are hardly dipping out on finding a place by orderly government process – they have to go through the same process regardless of if they do it at a camp or in our detention centres.

  4. Ken Lambert

    Thanks John B and my other fans… I would not have wanted to disappoint.

    You can take comfort that the death toll amongst smugglees since Abbott and Morrison took charge of the policy after Labor’s manifest failures is precisely ONE and not at sea.

    At the rate of arrivals (none in 70 days) we could hopefully close Manus and PNG (forever Rudd’s Harvard clincher of a policy inspiration) and return to the relaxed and comfortable immigration regime of the Howard era.

    BTW I never agreed with the PNG solution – the idea of resettling smugglees permanently there is a uniquely Ruddesque piece of self delusion – cruel and unusual for most – brilliant for a sociopathic pratt like Rudd. The humane policy is the tow back in those nice safe orange lifeboats.

  5. sebster

    What a cruel man you must be, Ken Lambert. Either that, or a brilliant satirist.

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