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 ScoMo the miracle man—talk, talk, talk like an evangelist

09.10.19. It’s too bad the smug looking Scott Morrison can’t take heed from the political past when imprisoned suffragettes in Britain would go on hunger strikes, causing authorities to force-feed them in prison. It was that which provided the them with powerful propaganda. It was thought to be Emmeline Pankhurst who kept yelling “Deeds not words” and “action speaks louder than words,” phrases we would like to see put into action by our leader. Standing up to the UN is great talk! Nothing official. Hot air!
The unwanted are arriving first class now—by air they pour through our doors to Centrelink at the rate of 80 per day! The government knows but does nothing to stop it! Years ago the Americans had the right idea. When interlopers turned up uninvited at their borders chanting “we have rights” the official reply was , “yes you do, but not while you are standing on American soil!” Your flight leaves at…Source: ABC

The new ‘boat people’? How Labor’s focus on air arrivals only hints at new immigration challenge

Since the Tampa crisis in 2001, when the government refused entry to hundreds of refugees aboard a Norwegian freighter, asylum seekers arriving by boat has been a divisive political issue.
The Coalition Government is proud of its efforts to reduce the number of boats arriving since 2013.
But now the Labor Opposition wants to highlight a growing trend for asylum seekers arriving by plane.
Labor’s home affairs spokeswoman, Kristina Keneally, on Tuesday accused the Government of mismanaging the borders.
“There’s evidence that what is happening [is] that criminal syndicates, people smugglers have shifted their business model from boats to planes,” she said.
“They’re trafficking people here, these people are working in exploited conditions.”
Immigration Minister David Coleman argues, however, the figures are actually trending down, and that his Government is granting fewer protection visas to aeroplane arrivals than Labor did in government.
So what are the figures?
Compared to five years ago, it’s clear more people are now arriving by air and lodging protection-visa applications.
⚫⚫⚫⚫ 8,562 persons
⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫ 12,673
⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫ 18,267
⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫ 27,884
⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫ 24,520
Up to August 19, another 4,037 had made claims.
Labor argues the number of arrivals in July and August suggests 2019-20 is likely to bring the largest number of arrivals on record.
But the Government believes the arrivals have peaked, and the 4,000-odd claims so far in 2019-20 are actually down compared to last year for the same period.
Mr Coleman sought to highlight that actual grants of protection visas to air arrivals were down in the past three years compared to the last three years of Labor’s government.
In a press conference in Sydney on Tuesday, he said 25,000 people were in Australia appealing against a negative onshore-protection decision, either before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or the courts.
But he would not reveal the number of people in Australia right now who are overstaying their visas.
What’s causing the growth?
Despite the buzz around aeroplane arrivals this week, the issue is not new.
The Government links the increase to a rising number of visitors, citing growth of 57 per cent over the past 10 years of tourists and international students, and 32 per cent over the past three years.
But it’s clear there are also other issues at play, including a disproportionately high number of Malaysians coming to Australia then applying for asylum.
A Senate committee report from earlier this year stated:
“The Department of Home Affairs agreed that Malaysian nationals would apply for an electronic travel authority (ETA), arrive in Australia and, quite often, would immediately put in for protection which would enable them to work and stay in Australia for as much as eight years.
The ETA allows visitors from countries such as Malaysia to visit Australia using a visa, which is available online.
The Department of Home Affairs told the committee there was an integrity issue with the ETA.
But there are currently no plans to restrict access to the ETA for people from Malaysia or other countries.
What’s the impact in Australia?
Senator Keneally said people smugglers were taking advantage of these people.
“They traffic them out to illegal labour-hire companies, to nail salons, to hospitality, restaurants, to brothels, and they have them here,” she said on Tuesday.
“They hold their passports, they pay them pittance, some of these people have reported conditions that sound like slavery.
“People have been subject to sexual abuse and other horrific conditions.”
There is also evidence this workforce is a key part within the farming sector.
A University of Adelaide report released earlier this year found the horticulture sector had a “structural reliance” on undocumented workers.
It reported growers and others in the sector estimated undocumented workers accounted for:
• up to one-fifth of the horticulture workforce in greater Darwin
• 80-90 per cent of the Mildura and Robinvale workforces
• 70-80 per cent of the Wanneroo regions
Other researchers, Malcolm Rimmer and Elsa Underhill, estimate the numbers of undocumented workers in horticulture, “is likely to be a large proportion [perhaps a third] of the 50,000 to 90,000 undocumented workers estimated to be in Australia”.
What is the Government doing?
A Border Force operation in 2017 located 288 illegal workers, and more than 300 individuals were refused entry to Australia.
This year, the ABC reported border officials were refusing entry to 20 Malaysians at Australian airports every week.
Airline liaison officers are also preventing people from boarding flights in their home countries — six Malaysian women were stopped from coming to Australia in August. They went holidaying in Thailand instead.
These officials operate at check-in and boarding gates to detect and prevent travellers coming to Australia through fraudulent means.
In 2018-19, 1,730 people were prevented from boarding flights to Australia, a 128-per-cent increase on the previous financial year according to the department.
However, Daniel Ghezelbash from Macquarie University warned this approach created a “perverse” system that punished those who sought to claim protection early.
“The system incentivises asylum seekers to withhold their request for protection until after they make it through customs,” he said.
“If they apply at the airport, their visa is cancelled, and they have far fewer substantive and procedural rights, including only having access to temporary protection visas.
“If they can step foot outside the airport and apply, they get far more rights and protections, including access to permanent protection visas.”
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton played down the problem of airport arrivals compared to boat arrivals in June.
“If you’ve hopped onto a plane, you’ve got travel documents. We know who you are,” he said.
“We’re able to work with Interpol or the country of origin to determine whether that person is a threat. We can look properly at their backgrounds.
“We don’t have people drowning on planes coming in to Australia.”

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Honeybadger 09/10/2019, 8:26 am

    Word must be spreading about ‘soft touch’ Australia and 7 years through the Courts (all paid for and helped by refugee advocates) will likely see you stay. No more online visas, for Malaysians and other interlopers. Too easy.

    • DT 09/10/2019, 8:42 am

      I forget how many, but on WIN SKY last night it was discussed and that most asylum seekers arriving legally by air are deported from the airport where they arrived after being interviewed.

      • ibbit 09/10/2019, 9:18 am

        True, most – but not all – are deported. I heard there are still around 30,000 in Australia whose aim is to stay and who are clogging up the courts and costing taxpayers a heap of money which should be spent productively instead of paying a host of lawyers and others of similar ilk..

      • DT 09/10/2019, 10:35 am

        Yes Ibbit, the refugee advocate and lawyers are determined to flood our nation with country shoppers, and they are of course a valuable source of income, and from legal aid I understand.

  • DT 09/10/2019, 8:40 am

    How could any government eliminate the possibility that a visitor or tourist will not seek asylum once landed in Australia legally?

    One problem is our refugee advocate-activists who apparently issue advice to asylum seekers to contact them for legal support and guidance through our immigration legal system.

    Obviously Operation Sovereign Borders must be given new powers and the asylum seekers limited to UNHCR guideline processing which allows for just one appeal if the application is rejected.

    As it stands, and why the doctors bill was legislated by the ratbag leftist MPs, once an illegal immigrant or legal immigrant reaches Australia they have unlimited access to the courts to lodge multiple appeals which can take many years. And then have the possibility of a judge issuing an order to stop deportation based on technicality.

    Offshore detention deterrents to people smuggling via Pacific Solution was the denial of access to Australian courts and legal aid, and refugee advocates.

    • ibbit 09/10/2019, 9:24 am

      DT, you are most probably correct in that the main fly in the ointment are refugee advocates and others intent on helping illegal people flout the law, and usually not for altruistic ends,but their own.
      Australia, via our politicians, cling onto the UN like a life raft. If they want to be clingy why do they not simply adopt any of the very few sensible policies the UN issues?

      • DT 09/10/2019, 9:38 am

        Ibbit it was also discussed on WIN SKY how the UN Convention on Refugees created just after WW2 to look after the millions of refugees that war created, but at that time international travel was very expensive and involved long air or longer sea travel.

        In other words the circumstances of modern times are vastly different. For example, I add, using Afghanistan as the example, “refugees” crossed the border into Pakistan where UNHCR camps looked after them and when deemed safe to do so repatriated them home to Afghanistan.

        Wealthier people, or people funded by villagers who hoped to follow them one day as family reunion migrants, went to Pakistan and signed on with people smugglers, were given forged passport and an airline ticket to Indonesia where Muslims are admitted without need for a visa. And then by boat to Australia, arriving with no passport.

        And now they use the legal travel by air with genuine passport and visa to enter Australia as tourists. Of course that passport and air travel route is traceable when they apply for asylum for the purposes of processing them.

        The Convention is out dated and Australia should tell the UN that we no longer support it.

        Obviously the UN Compact on Migrants was their cunning replacement without actually removing the Convention signed so long ago, and happily our government and other governments rejected the Compact.

  • Lorraine 09/10/2019, 8:57 am

    wonder what the real truth is

    • Aktosplatz 09/10/2019, 1:17 pm

      Better not rely on the word of Kristina Keneally, that’s the last thing I would do.

  • Penguinite 09/10/2019, 9:54 am

    Scomo may believe in miracles (and well he might) but he doesn’t emulate his idol soon and walk on water he may sink before he can swim!

  • Fedup 09/10/2019, 10:11 am

    But but but he made a wonderful Lowy speech the other day they howled on this site.
    DT is always saying how good slomo is.

    • DT 09/10/2019, 10:33 am

      Be careful, you are starting to make a fool of yourself again.

      • Grumpy Geezer 09/10/2019, 3:43 pm

        D T, the fool, as always, is you. Only a fools prefers his own fiction to facts.

  • DT 09/10/2019, 10:36 am

    “The unwanted are arriving first class now—by air they pour through our doors to Centrelink at the rate of 80 per day! The government knows but does nothing to stop it! Years ago the Americans had the right idea. When interlopers turned up uninvited at their borders chanting “we have rights” the official reply was , “yes you do, but not while you are standing on American soil!” Your flight leaves at…Source: ABC”

    ABC Source: Appointed Labor Senator Christine Kenneally.

    Who conveniently ignores the fact that most are intercepted at an airport by Immigration, interviewed and deported on the next available flight back to where they came from.

    • crankykoala 09/10/2019, 11:46 am

      And, I suppose it is the poor bloody Australian taxpayer that pays for the return flight. All illegals should pay for their own passage back to where they came from.

    • Aktosplatz 09/10/2019, 8:31 pm

      It is better than the Boats, no more drownings at sea.

  • Grumpy Geezer 09/10/2019, 12:27 pm

    There’s a lot about Scott ‘Poo Bear’ Morrison that can be explained away by the fact that he’s just another RWNJ with a RWNJ agenda. Also, he’s an acknowledged finalist in the contest of no ideas with his charisma and sex appeal registering somewhere around ‘check-your-phone-to-avoid-eye-contact’ level. But he’s not unique in those aspects; John Howard’s lugubrious presence would suck the joy from a box of kittens and Tony Abbott’s asinine, bow-legged, red-sluggoed, hairy macho affectations took weird to a whole new level. What is it about Poo Bear that makes him different though? And just how weird is he?

    Howard was mean and tricky, a master of the dog-whistle and the wedge, a divider and the architect of the nastiness that forms the foundations of today’s wretched L/NP regime. He wasn’t weird so much as very, very nasty – an individual who has done incalculable damage to this country. Morrison has embraced much of Howard’s poisonous politics but he’s a different sort of character – it’s Howard’s suburban solicitor guile vs Morrison’s spin merchant claptrap.
    Abbott, the simian seminarian, is clearly a weirdo, perhaps due to a lonely childhood spent hiding in the shrubbery and his religious indoctrination and with too many punches to the head all manifesting in a life of serial failure and the spiteful mendacity of his thwarted, delusional ambition. Abbott’s talents suggest a suitable post-politics career with sandwich board and loudhailer pointing at brown people and shouting at pigeons. But Abbott’s weirdness is not the same weirdness as Poo Bear’s.

    Poo’s odd-bod foreign contemporaries are of note also. Alexander Boris de Piffle Johnson is a £5 haircut on an unmade bed, a chancer and a spiv; and of course there’s the citrus Caligula himself, Donny T.
    Boris Johnson, pretend fishslap dancer

    Although born in New York Boris De Piffle is a product of England, the green and pleasant land of the class system, fagging, would-be posh twats punting in boaters, the Sex Pistols, cheese rolling, socks with sandals, Morris dancing, Fawlty Towers and the Robin Reliant. It has towns called Curry Mallet, Nether Wallop, Mudford Sock and Great Snoring. It’s a country where small, public transgressions of etiquette will earn a severe tutting from strangers, it’s a place that elected Maggie Thatcher and then enthusiastically celebrated her departure for the great beyond with street parties. England is a celebration of the off-beat, it’s a soggy, windswept home to the charmingly eccentric. That all helps explain Boris De Piffle who amped up his Englishness to Monty Python as reality TV – the voters liking what they thought of as his ability to be “real.”

    De Piffle’s buffoonery is a calculated deception. The “lovable rogue” persona is cover for his willingness to say almost anything to win, his poverty of ideas and his absolute focus on personal power all hidden behind a contrived, bumbling affability. Does that sound like someone closer to home?
    Lynton Crosby, the Lying Nasty Party’s svengali for election dirty tricks teamed up with Johnson on his 2008 bid for the London mayor’s gig and was in his ear in his manouvering for the British PM job while Crosby’s company C|T Group claimed a share of the glory in Poo Bear’s come-from-behind victory in our election. Affable eccentric Boris / daggy dad ScoMo – just a weird coincidence I’m sure.
    Deckstain Donny and his Strumpettes:
    Donny Trump is not so much weird as fully mental, a bubbling cauldron of raving dementia whose orange head is a tweet away from an explosion of fetid offal.
    Poo Bear Morrison’s support act for Deckstain at the White House was scheduled not so much in recognition of Australia’s “special relationship” with the U.S. nor as acknowledgement of Morrison’s vague talents or unmagnetic personality but, as with all things Trump, it was all about Trump. Donny the malignant narcissist has to be, as always, the star with Morrison as the enthusiastic flunky – number 2 if you like.
    The whole shebang was ramped up to blackhole level on the suckometer; a state reception was the event horizon of the colossal, all-consuming vortex that is Trump’s madness – once within its gravity field there can be no escape. Return favours have already been called in. Australia has been sucked into the alternative universe that is Trumpworld.
    At the risk of mixing metaphors it should be said that a rational national leader would foresee that being feted by His Effluence was akin to catching the bouquet at a funeral but I suspect Morrison was too enthralled, not just by the office of POTUS, but by the debauched personality that currently infests it.
    At face value the two men are chalk and cheese. Billionaire grifter vs daggy suburban dad. Frotteurist vs happy clapper. Sexualiser of daughter vs brainwasher of daughters. Deranged paranoia vs sly manipulation. So why the cow-eyes from Morrison, why the lovesick smirk? If Morrison had had any hair he would’ve flicked it over his shoulder with a toss of the head and a wink, and then to avoid mixed messages thrown in a full Oyster-Vision redux of Sharon Stone’s famous scene in Basic Instinct.
    I have no doubt that Poo Bear sees in Trump’s purported billions a blessing from on high – holy endorsement from the Zegna-suited, Moet-sipping Jesus of Nazareth Country Club. Additional evidence of godly providence is to be found in Trump’s miracle win over Hillary in 2016 ala his own god-approved win over Shorten.
    Perhaps Poo also sees a role model, a mentor whose brazen lying, disregard for decency and dismissal of conventions and institutions provides a guide for his own ambitions. He’s already headed down that path so is he looking for tips and ideas on how far he should take it?
    The crime spree that is the Trump presidency provides inspiration for the copycat criminals of the Lying Nasty Party. Trucking tax-payers’ money to friends and family is the foundational ideology of the IPA (trading as the L/NP Pty Ltd) but it’s the Yanks who are known for their mastery of crony capitalism so there are lessons to learn, contacts to be cultivated, new friends to schmooze, more money to be made. Trump can open doors should Poo drop his drawers.
    Broad church coffers:
    The gospel according to Poo and his fellow Jesus-shoppers is one of selective prosperity – rich folk are rich because they are righteous and poor folk are poor because they are not. The land of Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Falwell, Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker and their odious ilk offers unlimited potential for bilking the credulous in the god-approved cause of turning a buck.
    When asked, Poo refused to deny that he’d suggested that a wealth consultant and rapturist (let’s call him Pastor Al Dente) should join the other mega-rich groupies on the tour. Private prayers in transit seeking further sales leads from the Big Guy in the sky could’ve perhaps been a motivation for including Pastor Al in the retinue. Fellow ooger-boogers in the Trump camp are Veep Mike Pence (Bobblehead McCormack’s separated twin) and Secretary of State Bomber Pompeo. Could an introduction to these two well-placed Armageddonists provide credibility and access to a cornucopia of evangelicals’ business plans? Growing the franchise, yeah?
    This, of course, is all speculation – the sort of speculation that would be generated should Morrison have been dumb enough to invite a millionaire prosperity gospellor to accompany him.
    What’s the catch?:
    There’s no free lunch when Deranged Donny is involved. Quid Pro Quo++. Not a problem for Poo, he’d hung a for rent sign on his arse before the wheels of Shark1© had left the tarmac.
    A bummer for Downer:
    Is Lord Downton-Abbey of Adelaide to be sacrificed to service Trump’s unhinged paranoia? Our Ambassador in Washington Sloppy Joe Hockey laid the groundwork – obtaining the bus timetable in readiness for the vehicular transformation of Alexander Downer to roadkill. As a sop to the orange fruitcake Sloppy volunteered to “assist” with investigations into our puffy, plummy-vowelled ex-diplomat’s role as a deep-state Clinton operative.

    While many people have thought of Downer as a plant it was only ever in botanical terms. Downer’s James Bond credentials are limited to bugging the East Timorese to facilitate the further theft of their oil and gas, all in line with standard Tory behaviour, so the idea that he’s an agent of the left is laughable; but his discomfiture is hugely amusing. A pompous, elitist Tory twat is now on the receiving end of a RWNJ pineapple suppository.

    How far will Morrison go in aiding and abetting the combed-over cockwomble’s crimes, assisting his desperate attempts to discredit Robert Mueller by scalping Downer? Downer’s quavering bottom lip will at least provide “Witness K” and Bernard Collaery with an opportunity to indulge in some justifiable shadenfreude.
    Titanium man with a tin ear:
    Being obsequious to US presidents is on all Australian PM’s checklists – it’s not a sign of weirdness. What’s weird about Poo’s behaviour though is his embrace of things Trump. The Trump Lite mannerisms – the thumbs up, baseball caps, flag lapel pins; the tribute band performance at a Wapakoneta box factory opening-cum-MAGA rally, the “fake news/Canberra bubble” and anti-globalism/UN rhetoric. Why has Poo turned orange when with every tweet and every utterance Trump megaphones his madness and his criminality? It’s possibly spin merchant Morrison tapping into the Trumpian anti-politician politician schtick but it’s still weird when Trump in Oz is as welcome as a fart in a phone box.
    Poo Bear the weird cultist:
    Morrison’s shape shifting from Shouty the hard man, to his self-branding as ScoMo the reluctant PM, to daggy dad and champion of those who have a go was supplemented by a screen test of his pious persona – a bizarre spectacle of arm-waving, closed-eye praising of a choosey Jesus from who’s favour most of us are excluded unless we ante up 10% of our hard-earned as the price of admission.
    The look was discomforting. Talking in tongues while awaiting the rapture is not your standard religious practice. This is the freakily weird ideology of a sociopathic theocrat, someone who’s empathy is available only when funded, a believer in the dogma of divine intervention in politics by a right-wing deity who wants his subscribers to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle until the imminent rapture when climate disasters and mass extinctions are irrelevant.
    In countless ways the world is getting ever shittier. And one of the reasons that is so is because of the weirdos like Scott Morrison.

    • MM Ed 09/10/2019, 8:10 pm

      Good stuff Grumpy, I have you tracked. Your articles elsewhere, etc. Please take care with the ad hominem smacks.

    • Neville 10/10/2019, 2:54 am

      Hey “grumpy”, TL:DR.
      And also it’s useful, when writing diatribes, to define your terms – too many abbreviations may make you think you look good, but just bores the shit out of normal people.

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