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22 March 2014


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The answer is far simpler. In numbers of asylum seekers settled relative to population Australia languishes as the 47th ("most generous").

As a signatory to the Geneva Convention on asylum seekers which we have embraced by writing into our laws, and given we accept over 200, 000 immigrants each year it would make far more sense and save hundreds of millions of taxpayer money to work with the UN and Indonesia by increasing our intake of asylum seekers to say 30, 000 per year by having our own immigration department select those from the camps who suit our needs.

By giving hope of resettlement whether in Australia or other countries through properly managed camps and processes the problem is reduced. Why not solved?

Because whilst minorities continue to be oppressed in their homelands and dissidents continue to speak out against injustice their will always be asylum seekers.

Every deal goes wrong when the focus is on money.

Think of the welfare of the asylum seekers and the PNG citizen, then deals will be sustainable.

The PNG Government has gone off the radar with its handling of social, economic and health issues and does not know where its heading. It's like the captain of the ship (PM O'Neill) is wearing dark sunglasses at night guiding a ship with all it's crew (108 MPs) wearing sunglasses as well.

PNG will hit the reef at any moment and who is it to be blamed? Australian or PNG MPs?

Australian should try it's best to reduce corruption in PNG. Currently, PNG "businessmen" are using the asylum deal as a leverage to continue to do corrupt deals.

I have advice for the Australian Government: land in PNG is customarily owned and villagers do not trust the national government.

If you want a successful asylum deal then deal with the landowners directly. Why deal with a government which does not own the land? Identify land and the landowners then strike a deal with them as well as their respective provincial and open electorate MPs.

Maybe we could make a start by sending Joe Hokeidunian back to Palestine and Tony Abbott back to Blighty....

The essence of the illegal immigrant issue on Manus is that Rudd sought to use financial leverage to make a quick fix prior to him having to face the voters.

That the incoming Coalition government under Abbott has tried to make the contract now work is really like trying to force a square peg into a round hole.

If you apply enough force eventually you may achieve some results but only by destroying the shape of both.

You can only address something that is so large and complex if it is well planned and executed. The Manus 'solution' was neither well planned nor well executed. Kinda like reminds one of a story about home insulation I heard recently.

It is lamentable to me that Australia (under Rudd) had to in effect 'bribe' O'Neill to agree to the Manus proposal. The funding for projects like hospitals and roads should have been totally separate to the illegal immigrant issue.

Surely it must be dawning on those in detention (yep, detention as in kalabus) on Manus that they cannot force their views on Australia just because they want to? Go back and apply as everyone else has to do and if you are not initially successful, then clearly someone else had a better case.

In a recent program aired on Australian television it gave a clear view of what those who had illegally tried and failed to get to Australia actually thought of our country.

The PNG government however must accept some responsibility for the state of the country and her people.

Taking out huge loans to 'invest' in business might enhance some egos but doesn't build or maintain the country's infrastructure.

Spending many millions on doubtful pharmaceutical contracts doesn't portray a responsible attitude when the clearly better contract could have been paid for by Australia. As the yanks are prone to say: 'Go figure!'

Let's not mix ananas and bananas here. There are a number of complex problems that both our country's have to grapple with and the media are sure not helping with their sensationalism.

It would be far better to separate the issues and address them individually instead of lumping them all into the one basket.

All you then get is one big problem that is increasingly harder to fix instead of a number of smaller problems that may well have totally different solutions.

Well said, Bob Hayward. I'm sure a lot of these boat people have now learnt a lot about "how the other half live". They may now realize that what they left behind in their home countries was actually a "better life" or a "higher standard of living" than they observe amongst so many of the people in PNG.

Yet so many of these stoic PNGians are happy with their lot.

I still think the Manus Centre should be closed down, those whose lives are not in any danger should be repatriated home and the rest sent to centres in Australia to be "processed".

Maybe the PNG government could see if any villages would like to "adopt a refugee". The Australian government could financially support those villages who offered to help but the refugee would have to understand that he would have to play his part in the village life -do some hard work in the gardens, help build some houses, repair the road, do some fishing, etc etc.

If he has a degree in architecture, like the one who died, maybe he could design better housing for the village.

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