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Byron Shire
March 4, 2021

Boat people vs plane people

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I’m pretty used to Mungo’s misinformed ravings about global warming (and those of Michael McDonald) but this week he took the cake with his rant about asylum seekers and Tony Abbott’s involvement:

‘He enthusiastically sent thousands to Nauru’ and ‘More than two-thirds of those sent to the island ended up in Australia anyway, and most of those who didn’t were taken by New Zealand’.

For your information, Mungo, the stats for the Pacific Solution are as follows – 1637 people were processed under the Pacific Solution; 705, or 43 per cent, were settled in Australia; 491, or 30 per cent, returned to their country of origin and 441, or 27 per cent, were resettled in other nations.

Most refugees arrive by plane from established refugee camps around the world run by the UNHCR. They are processed quickly. Australia takes around 14,000 per year.

The boat people, on the other hand, have destroyed the papers they used to legally land in Indonesia. The fact that they moved through several countries using their papers means they are no longer refugees. They’ve escaped their tormentors.

John Sayers, Bonalbo


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  1. I ask John Sayers of Bonalbo the following questions:

    1. Where does it say in the 1951 Refugee Convention that is law in Australia that a person looses his/her refugee status if he leaves his country and travels via another country to reach Australia?
    2. Did John Sayers know that most people who arrive by air on a visitors or students visa and who apply for asylum never receivere fugee status are NOT accepted in Australia as Refugees?
    3. If refugees travel through countries who have not signed the Refugee Convention could John Sayers tell us how they can claim to be a an asylum seeker in those countries and be assessed as a refugee to stay in those country like Indonesia or Malaysia or India or Pakistan or Myanmar (Burma)?
    4. If the asylum seekers have both money and papers when they reach Indonesia why will they not just buy a air ticket and fly to Australia?
    Like most followers of the Liberals and Nationals John Sayers seems incapable of informing himself and believes all Tony NO NO NO Abbott tells him.


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