Friday, November 23, 2007

'No to economic refugees'

Have just been writing letters to some government ministers (Fisheries, International Affairs and Immigration) about the sixteen asylum seekers who've recently been rescued in Australian waters. They're apparently seeking asylum here because their fishing boats have been destroyed, to deter them from fishing in Australian waters, despite the fact that Indonesians were fishing near Australia long before European settlement. Kevin Andrews has said that we won't give asylum to economic refugees. Fair enough (maybe, I'm not sure) but if we're destroying their fishing boats shouldn't we at least be involved in trying to find a way they can make an income without having to break our laws?

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