‘No extra rights’ for mainland boatpeople

Paul Maley; 31/3/10; (3 Items)

Five Sri Lankan asylum-seekers who arrived on the Australian mainland in late 2008 remain the only boatpeople to challenge in the courts the refusal to grant them visas. That access to the court has not been extended to those who land outside the Australian migration zone lends support to government claims that moving asylum-seekers off Christmas Island affords them no extra rights. The news came as Tony Abbott stepped up his attack on the government’s handling of border security, following the arrival on Monday of the 100th asylum boat since the election of Kevin Rudd. But the Opposition Leader indicated an Abbott-led government would not contemplate a return to the Pacific Solution, despite the surge in boats. “I think it would be possible, it should be possible, to accommodate these asylum-seekers on Christmas Island,” Mr Abbott said.


See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/no-extra-rights-for-mainland-boatpeople/story-e6frg6n6-1225847691284; Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop boat people; Steve Lewis & Ian McPhedran; 31/3/10; http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opposition-leader-tony-abbott-to-do-whatever-it-takes-to-stop-boat-people/story-e6frf7jo-1225847691654

Rights of refugees
31/3/10
The reference in your editorial (“Labor must recalibrate the message on boats”, 29/3) to asylum-seekers “going shopping in Brisbane or Perth” not only refers to the visibility of asylum-seekers being processed on the mainland but also whistles up the tired stereotype that refugees who are not desperately poor are somehow less deserving of protection. Any refugee – like your case study of the Tamil teenager referred to as “Ravi” (“For Ravi, the boredom was too much”, 29/3) whose parents were forced to an unimaginable choice but who had the resources to send him towards safety by air and sea – who is found to have a “well-founded fear of persecution” and is granted protection has every right to go shopping;John Shute, East Brunswick, Vic
See: Labor must recalibrate the message on boats; The Australian;29/3/10; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/labor-must-recalibrate-the-message-on-boats/story-e6frg71x-1225846613446

Rights of refugees
31/3/10
The reference in your editorial (“Labor must recalibrate the message on boats”, 29/3) to asylum-seekers “going shopping in Brisbane or Perth” not only refers to the visibility of asylum-seekers being processed on the mainland but also whistles up the tired stereotype that refugees who are not desperately poor are somehow less deserving of protection. Any refugee – like your case study of the Tamil teenager referred to as “Ravi” (“For Ravi, the boredom was too much”, 29/3) whose parents were forced to an unimaginable choice but who had the resources to send him towards safety by air and sea – who is found to have a “well-founded fear of persecution” and is granted protection has every right to go shopping. John Shute, East Brunswick, Vic
See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/rights-of-refugees/story-fn558imw-1225847691096