THE REFUGEE TAKEOVER OF AUSTRALIA?

The average intake of refugees since 1975 (accord to parliamentary library figures) is 6000 per year. The highest intake (since 1975) was under the Fraser government in 1982 to 1983 at an average of 20,000 per year. The lowest was under the Hawke government in 1989 to 1990 of only 1238 souls. The percentage of refugees to total migration intake (from all sources) has declined from about 5% in 1994 to approximately 3% on current figures. (6000 people out of over 190,000 accepted for migration here). This means that on current refugee intake it would take nearly ten years just to fill the new Adelaide Oval and more than 18 years to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground. To use a different context Germany was expecting to receive some 800,000 refugees in the 12 months to 2016. We will take in less than 1% of that. Our “problem” is tiny and our politicians are conning us – inflating fears that we are somehow going to be “swamped” to use Paline Hansons terminology. The correct term for this is “B.. S…”. This is the new politics of fear and all we get out of it is the contempt of the civilised world at our treatment of refugees –  arguably the harshest in the whole world. We are being seen by the international community as the new apartheid South Africa.  The government won’t tell you that – gosh that might even involve telling the truth –but the plain fact is we are being disgraced.

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Are we being flooded? As at 2013 Australia’s population was about 23.13 million. On our current refugee intake it will therefore take another 3855 years for the refugee population to overtake our own. If we were to increase refugee intake 10 times over it still would take 385 years to overtake the current population. swamped? Be afraid, be very afraid! Your great great great great great great great great great great grandchildren may be in dire trouble!

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THE BIG CON – THE HIGH COST OF ABUSE IN OFFSHORE DETENTION.

How humane policies Would save you, the Australian people, well over half a billion dollars per year. According to ABC News reports in November 2015 and consistent with published budget estimates, we are spending more than $1 billion a year on offshore detention. By contrast, the entire Budget for the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees in Southeast Asia as at November 2015 was $157 million. In May 2015 there were some 1577 people in detention on either Nauru or Manus Island. Figures current to 31st of March 2016 show well over 1200 still in detention there. At over a billion per annum, a very conservative estimate is a cost of well over $500,000 per refugee per year or more than $1500 a day each. (Figures published under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection figures and Senate Committee estimates)

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By contrast you could put the refugees in five-star hotel accommodation for about $300 per day or $109,000 per annum and save over $400,000 per refugee per year. If one however prefers maximum security jail style accommodation then productivity commission figures show our jails in South Australia house prisoners at about $275 a day or about $100,000 per annum. We thus again have a saving of more than $400,000 per refugee “inmate” per year – times  conservatively say 1300 prisoners – equals way over $500 million saved per year – by bringing refugees to Australia and keeping them in the same conditions given to murderer’s rapists and robbers here. If maximum-security custody is designed to deter such terrible crime, why not refugees and “the boats “also?  – or are these hapless refugees and their children somehow more intractable than our worst criminals? We know that to suggest they are a somehow a great danger to this country is complete tripe.

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So far we’ve looked at options like jailing people who never committed a crime in the same prison conditions we hand out to murderers in maximum-security detention. It will worth comparing the cost of detaining refugees through other methods used to handle our worst criminals, ones used before they are found guilty in our courts. We could have refugees on “home detention” – wearing GPS Monitors that Using satellite tracking can show within a centimetre where a person is at any moment. This technology can differentiate  whether someone is on the toilet or doing the dishes. For this, used even for murder is out on bail, it costs About $50 a day while as at May 2016 Western Australian Correctional Services figures put the costings of simple supervision ( no GPS monitor)by a parole officer at about $24 a day per prisoner.

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The cost of home detention in our community would  therefore be less than about $25 million for 1300 prisoners or $18,000 each per year – a saving of over $975 million. If simply “supervised” (as opposed to wearing home detention monitors around their ankles) we could reduce this to $8700 each per annum: a saving of approximately 988 million per year. These are the same conditions we deem are safe enough for criminals. Why not children? Why not people fleeing terrorism? Why not people who have committed no offence at all? How many services would that amount of money give our hospitals, our schools, our pensioners and our war veterans who are currently tossed on the scrapheap when they return from active service? The big con is that people are being abused by our government; we are being misled about it and then we are made to pay for that abuse so that Politicians can cash in for votes. It is a damn disgrace and it needs to end. 

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WELL, WHAT IS OFFSHORE DETENTION FOR THEN?

“No prisoners in our maximum security jails have ever set themselves alight in protest in my 30 years of being a criminal lawyer. What is going on in offshore detention is therefore vastly worse than in our most hardened jails.”                        Adam Richards. What did it take on 2 May 2016 to have a young 21-year-old woman on Nauru decide that her best option in life is to set herself on fire? What is happening in these camps is being hidden from the Australian people. It is however being done in our name and our governments have disgraced us. This system is designed to be so horrible, so brutal, so cruel as to stop the desperate from coming.

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If you’d been attacked late at night and you had two choices of a house to go to for shelter, one with a neatly mown lawn and a gnome on the front porch and the other with overgrown grass , motorbikes and music blaring, which would you take your child to? It seems our government has decided that we will operate as the latter. We’re going to terrorise people into going anywhere but here for help despite our international legal obligations.Is this really who we are? Does this standard truly represent the country we want to leave to our children? Whatever happened to the Aussie fair go? Whatever happened to ‘Love thy neighbour’?

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We are not saying let in all the refugees, we are not even saying you can’t lock them up. What we are saying is that in this area our leaders are representing us to be a nation of thugs and they are not only doing it in our name but making us pay through the nose for the privilege!

Can we not do this humanely? Are we so jaded in this area that only brutality will suffice?

 We say enough is enough. Please join us in this to say – Not in our name!