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14 June 2017


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Is Kevin Rudd going to stump up the money for the refugee bill ?

He after all, did instigate relocation of boat arrivals (that is, those who were not found face down in the ocean, some 1,200 of them) to Manus.

"Upon Kevin Rudd's 2007 election win, the Pacific Solution was abandoned, with the Nauru processing centre closed down in February 2008, a move welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency. Since 2008, the number of asylum seeker arrivals by boat increased substantially — from 148 in 2007 to 6555 in 2010. This contributed to Rudd's ailing popularity through to 2010, when he resigned prior to a leadership spill of the Australian Labor Party to Julia Gillard; at this time Rudd said "This party and government will not be lurching to the right on the question of asylum seekers"." (from WIKI).

"On 19 July 2013 Rudd, Burke and Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill announced the policy in Brisbane. Rudd declared "From now on, any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees." (Also from WIKI).

Ahhhh, memories are so short.


Even a short memory will recallmy that the current Turnbull government established the harsh torture of the current Manus concentration camp which is still costing the Australian people half a billion dollars a year. Both parties are equally culpable as Williams could ascertain with a bit more research - KJ

Dear Phil,

The following links are quite interesting:

Despite the subtleties of the law and Dutton's clumsy response I'm taking the decision by the court to mean the Australian government is admitting its guilt. Much like many other people think.

They say that the brief period of enlightenment in Queensland is coming to an end and the old forces of corruption and reactionary response are moving back in. Out in the lead are the police. Dutton is an ex-copper from Queensland. Should we expect him to behave in any other way?

The Australian government was prepared to pay out to stop the shame of Manus Island being aired in court. But the ultimate cost is borne by the refugees and asylum seekers who have had their lives ruined.

It is alleged the government agreed to settle the class action, and to compensate 1,905 refugees and asylum seekers held on Manus, in order to avoid the scrutiny that an open court hearing would bring: that the government will pay any amount of money, contort itself to any legal sophistry, to keep unexamined what it is doing in those secret islands.

The Australian government, through the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, contends its settlement was a “prudent” act, designed to head off potentially far greater costs. It was settled with the condition that the government does not admit liability, and Dutton said it “strongly refutes and denies the claims made in these proceedings”.


I recommend this excellent short timeline of Australia's immigration policies over the years. It seems to have been an obsession for all our past political leaders irrespective of party.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me

Martin Niemoller

Good will, humanitarian aid is given voluntarily by a nation, not in response to a lawsuit. This is a joke. They jumped the queue and are now going to be paid %35000 from all our tax money. Maybe we should also pay $35000 to all the legal arrivals. Why should they miss out?

It's always good for any government to agree it made a mistake and agree to compensation for the sake of human dignity.

Chalk it up to Herr Rhudd.

That's $36,745.41 each Peter - hardly a fortune.

How many Kiaps died in service?

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