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