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 Refugees: will the government now act?

10.09.19.  If ever there was a test for politicians to make important decisions on good governance according to the majority’s will it is this contentious issue of refugees. Rarely does government listen to the people, they only pretend to. The recent Tamil family still on Australian soil, still at huge cost to taxpayers, and the minority still spruking high emotion and hurling guilt. The statistics speak loudly. But will the government act?
Most Australians believe that asylum-seekers deemed not to be genuine refugees should be deported regardless of other considerations. A Newspoll survey conducted last week showed 64 per cent of voters believe asylum-seekers who are considered by the courts to not be refugees should be deported, with 24 per cent saying they should be allowed to settle in Australia.

Geoff Chambers, News Corp

Most back kicking out asylum-seekers who aren’t refugees

Following publicity last week surrounding the case of a Sri Lankan Tamil family facing deportation, the Newspoll survey showed 56 per cent of Labor voters supported deportation of asylum-seekers found to not be refugees, with 31 per cent saying they should be allowed to stay in Australia.
The poll, based on 1000 interviews with voters across the nation from September 5-7, reveals stronger support for deportation in the 35-years-plus age groups, with more men than women agreeing asylum-seekers ineligible for refugee status should not be allowed to stay.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese last week led a push to allow Nadesalingam “Nades” Murugappan and Kokilapathmapriya “Priya” Nadarasa to stay in the country.

The couple, who settled in Biloela on bridging visas and whose daughters, Kopika and Tharunicaa, were born in Australia, arrived from Sri Lanka on boats in 2012 and 2013. The High Court dismissed their bids for appeal after being deemed to not be refugees. Their eldest daughter, Kopika, was also considered to not be a refugee. The family, who lived in the central Queensland town for more than three years, have been moved to Christmas Island awaiting the outcome of a legal case for Tharunicaa. The final legal bid will return to the Federal Court on September 18. That case is centred on whether the youngest daughter is eligible for protection.
According to Newspoll, there is a split in the sentiment of younger Australians aged 18-34, with 50 per cent agreeing that asylum-seekers deemed to not be refugees should be deported, and 40 per cent declaring they should remain in the country. Overall, 12 per cent of voters remain uncommitted on the issue of how the government should respond to asylum-seekers who are regarded as non-refugees by the courts.
Among Coalition voters, 73 per cent supported deportation and 16 per cent opposed it. Moderate Liberal MP Russell Broadbent said on Monday the Tamil family shouldn’t be treated differently to other similar asylum-seeker cases and urged against intervention.
On Sunday, Labor frontbencher Tony Burke, a former immigration minister, said he had “exercised ministerial discretion”. “You don’t only exercise ministerial discretion for issues of compassion, you also exercise ministerial discretion for issues of national interest,” he said.
Labor came under fire last week over its intervention in the case, with the government accusing it of opening the door to other failed asylum cases.

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  • Theydon Wood 10/09/2019, 5:24 am

    I believe everyone should be allowed to stay.
    Just as long as they have gone through the legal channels and been accepted.
    These people haven’t, boot them out.

    • Finn 10/09/2019, 9:15 am

      Sad but true.

      The carry-over feelings of my generation’s generosity are not what Australia needs. No papers no position.

  • Penguinite 10/09/2019, 8:34 am

    Team Scomo is attempting to remove the un-entitled but legal process prohibits a bulk removal. However, provided the current Sri Lankan case is resolved in extradition it will doubtless result in streamlining most of the remainers.

  • Aktosplatz 10/09/2019, 9:20 am

    Peta Credlin has suggested that they deported, but also they be given access to the relevant Australian Embassy to begin a legal visa application in their own country.

    In other words the same as the rest of us who legally immigrated.

  • Fedup 10/09/2019, 10:21 am

    Boot them out, the other 6000 too & do it quickly.

  • DT 10/09/2019, 10:37 am

    It seems to be ignored that illegal immigrants, people smuggler clients, who after arrival claimed asylum and were processed and had their claim rejected were provided with one appeal in accordance with the UNHCR rules. Once the appeal was lost they should have returned home as most apparently did.

    When the Howard Coalition Government created Pacific Solution to stop the smuggler boats, which it effectively did achieve, one of the most important deterrent factors was offshore processing in accordance with UNHCR requirements.

    Rudd Labor welcomed around 50,000 illegal immigrants seeking asylum into Australia, they even closed the Manus Island Detention Centre in PNG. As a result, according to recent information, 6,000 of them remain in Australia doing what illegal immigrants were doing before Pacific Solution, using legal aid and refugee advocate lawyers to lodge multiple appeals in Australian courts of law. Until the appeal process is exhausted they remain here and can be here for many years supported by taxpayers.

    In my opinion once the UNHCR processing is completed, and if the application for asylum fails, they should be deported.

    In the case of the Tamil family, squandering taxpayer’s monies through the courts a second time, after reaching the High Court and losing that appeal, should not be allowed.

  • Cliff 10/09/2019, 5:02 pm

    The delay in taking the Tamil family from Christmas Island to Colombo positively reeks of the wets in the government (along with the activists) hoping that public interest will fade and the family can be quietly slipped back to the mainland and allowed to stay.

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