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Close down your refugee concentration camps Julia Gillhoward

Australia already has concentration camps on home soil.

They are euphemistically called detention centres. They house people who have committed no crime but are locked up for seeking asylum.

In some 50 cases to date ASIO has determined genuine refugees to be security threats which means they are being held indefinitely on the say so of a group of reactionaries who liaise closely for example with the mass murderers in the Sri Lankan government to determine if Tamil refugees are a ‘threat’.

The Julia Gillhoward Government’s Pacific Solution means that asylum seekers who have been found to be refugees will be locked up for a decade or more in Nauru or on Manus Island. Here’s how Greg Sheridan in The Australian puts it:

‘The only way to discourage them [bullshit Sheridan, we should welcome them, not discourage them – JP]  is to make it clear that if they come by boat without a visa they will never get permanent residency in Australia and never be allowed family reunion rights.

‘The Houston committee half recognises this by its promotion of a “no advantage” rule, so that people who come by boat get no advantage as opposed to those who apply from offshore.

‘But this means, although Houston and his colleagues won’t acknowledge it, that there must be a waiting time in Nauru and Manus Island of 10 years or more, to match the disincentive that people in camps already face.’

Labor plans ten years’ detention on Nauru or Manus Island for people who have committed no crime. All they have done is seek asylum.

In the age of truth telling we used to call these types of places concentration camps. It is time for that truth to be told again.

Close down your concentration camps Julia Gillhoward.



Comment from Allan Thomas
Time August 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

The above presumes that all illegal boat arrivals are genuine refugees and “asylum” seekers. How incredibly naive! I’d suggest that the majority are simply economic migrants who pass through other nations of save haven to their self selected land of milk & honey, Australia

Comment from John
Time August 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm

They are refugees. The figure for those on Naurau was over 90% from memory were found to be refugees. Another lie from the anti-refugee bigots rebutted. Not that it will make much difference to these unthinkers.

Comment from John
Time August 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Safe havens like Malaysia you mean which locks them up, uses them as cheap labour, brutalises them, whips them etc etc. Some safe haven. The idea is laughable. Another lie from the anti-refugee bigots rebutted.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time August 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I think most Australians want homeless citizens housed before more refugees are taken in. For decades, Labor here in Queensland has fallen down in building public housing.

Let us wait and see if the government can agree on the latest proposal. My general feeling is that onshore processing is the main aim, despite the charade we see in the parliament.

I think Howard set up the Christmas Island facility (close to Indonesia) so Labor could then use it as a Clearing House to facilitate onshore processing.

I think refugees from Afghanistan and some other Muslim nations should be put through a course of Cultural and Language Studies before they join the general community. Most of us don’t want our women treated in the way they treat theirs.

Comment from John
Time August 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I think the same rigorous cultural and language studies courses should apply to priests. I don’t want our kids treated in the way they treat theirs.

Comment from Philip
Time August 16, 2012 at 1:12 am

Counter this one John – Cap’t emad was classed as a genuine refugee Now that was a laugh. So it shows the process to classify them as genuine is flawed meaning that 90% genuine could mean some of the 90% fooled the bureaucrats or they were to lazy to do there jobs properly or even the politicians told them what to do.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time August 16, 2012 at 8:54 am

In my experience, clergymen and women have various ideas on child raising which are unique to each household. They don’t teach their kids that pregnant women and those who have been raped should be murdered for inciting a man to have sex with them.

I have spoken with refugees, and the attitudes of extremist Muslims who come here need to be made more amenable to Australian cultural norms.

Perhaps a middle path would be even better.

Comment from John
Time August 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

I wrote in defence of Ali some time ago in an article called Captain Emad is innocent. I finished up by saying:

‘Ali has committed no crime. There is no credible evidence against him, no charges have been laid and there is certainly no conviction or seemingly even a prospect of one. End the media lynching and the racist attacks on refugees.’