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25 July 2013


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Paul Yabob

Danijel Malbasa, Isn't it a bit hypocritical that you were processed in Australia and these people are transported all over the Pacific?

Have you read the UN Refugee Convention?

Have you visited Manus refugee prison and seen how oppressive a place and the set up is?

Have you read the contents of the bilateral agreements between Australia and PNG?

Have you read the PNG constitution and what it says about such arrangements like Manus?

What sort of law did you study and from what university, and how did they admit you as a lawyer, if you can comment on subjects you obviously know so little about?

Or you just brown-nosing to the Federal government and Rudd? Yeah, good way of getting some business for a refugee boy, but not very smart on the overall stakes.

I invite you to come to PNG and go to Manus and see for yourself. There are two highly critical UN reports that presently describe the arrangements as illegal.

Perhaps you may even wish to contradict the UN experts?

Martina Apps (Tomutu)

I totally agree with Tony Abbott. Tony has got plans in placed to stop the boats, gambling with people's lives at sea!

I am not racist but, a lot of these people are not genuine and don’t appear to be ‘bone riddle, sick, hunger stricken desperate people (from war torn countries’)…a lot of them are just taking advantage of the situation.

A lot of the “people smugglers” are very well organised terrorists organisations and Indonesia shouldn’t be turning a blind on the border issues as they should policed their shores where the boats departs. Indonesia is not doing enough, passing the bark to Australia… and people still continue risking their lives at sea, hoping to take refuge in Australia.

The boat people asylum seeker issues has been a long time problem for Australia. Manus Island Detention Centre is there because of the influx and over crowded never ending boat arrivals on Christmas Island and Australian shores. PNG & Australian government diplomatic agreement to have the Manus Centre opened is paramount for Australian asylum seeker crisis.

I am proud of PNG for taking this step in giving a hand to Australia wherever it can and where its due.

Why not, PNG should help Australia with their internal problems such as, setting up the Manus Detention Centre. They stay there until the Australian government sort out their future where they go from there.

The former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard had done nothing to solve the “boat people” problem and I believe Kevin Rudd is doing it only to secure his prime ministerial position and the Labour Party and not very genuine about solving this boat people issues.

I totally understand Tony Abbott massage and his firm stand.. Trying to solve the Australian internal issues which was and is brought about by foreigners.

As an Australian tax payer I have the rights to express my views on this critical, sensitive political matters, where the Australian government is spending millions of our tax payers hard earn money to this illegal boat people and the political problem they cause in the Country.

Leonard Roka

Good story. It kind of giving me a lot about things to worry about when looking at my Solomon Island of Bougainville if my leaders and people cannot think out now an exit from PNG sooner.

PNG has no hope to reject the Manus saga, for we are functioning as a state because of Australian tax payers, business operations and investment.

And dependency is a problem PNG is stuck to and hard to walk out form Aussie rules.

But it seems a family helping family affair.

Noken koros.

Tingting tasol.

Peter Kranz

There are no quotas or 'spots' anyone is robbing. This is a myth spread by those who wish to make a political issue out of 'boat people'.

There is no 'queue jumping'. The UN convention on refugees is clear, as is the UN declaration on human rights.

Australia is in breach of both. And appears to be discriminating against certain racial or religious groups.

As much I appreciate the desperate conditions you and you family faced Danijel, there are many, many in similar conditions.

Wouldn't you try anything to get your family away from the dangers of death or torture?

Tim Ashton

So let us take the pressure off Indonesia plus all the other nations (Jordan has over one million Syrian refugees) and the UN by substantially increasing our intake of refugees relative to our annual number of immigrants.

It is a world wide problem and we either stand up and take our share or show the world our redneck colours and withdraw from the the Geneva convention on asylum

Just as an aside to the author, "If you were a Tamil in Sri Lanka where you and your people are subject to racial cleansing, where is the nearest signatory nation for you to flee to?"

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