It is regretful that the only commonsense solution heard in Parliament is a minority of one – a policy of turning back the boats with, of course, fuel and food. This will remove all incentives for self-smugglers to come to Australia. If the self-smugglers were genuine, one must ask why they did not flee to any of the 20 countries they passed through between Iran and Australia; where they would easily assimilate and feel at home.
Apart from the obligation to deter human trafficking, we simply do not have the wherewithal to look after the world’s poor. (For instance, a million boat people would mean our pensions get divided among 4 million people instead of 3 million – so our pensioners would take a 25 percent cut.)
We would plead with whoever is the government of Australia to look with sympathy upon the claims of people who will blend harmoniously with the greater Australian population.
Other governments stop people from coming to their country, and clearly we should be doing something to stop people from coming to our country. Endeavours to do this have been made by both major parties – but they have fallen well short of proper and responsible government.