CORRUPTION AND THE THIMBLE SCAM
Read of today’s events below.
The updated, weekly figures I have collated.
This will be updated each week.
No information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.
From today’s Global Mail; “An asylum seeker boat likely carrying children pulled into Darwin last night, according to Global Mail sources. It is unclear how many people (possibly Somalis) were on the boat or what their nationalities are. The asylum seekers are being held in Darwin’s Blaydin Point immigration detention centre. An “Alternative Place of Detention” (APOD), the facility is exclusively for families with children and unaccompanied minors.
We still await further arrivals from the North of Christmas Island. Today or possibly tomorrow. Or maybe even both!
While it is almost impossible to get good investigative journalism from the Australian “Press” Indonesia has no such problem. A little back ground first.
While Australia has its Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Indonesia has an equivalent known as BASARNAS.
The Jakarta Post, on Sept 29th this year, published an article headlined;
The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has allegedly been receiving illegal funds from the Australian government with regard to the handling of refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle East.
“It is presumed that Basarnas has received illegal funds from and worked for the Australian government to bring asylum seekers and refugees from the Middle East ashore in Indonesia,” said Hikmahanto Juwana, a professor of international law from the University of Indonesia’s School of Law, in Jakarta on Sunday, as quoted by Antara news agency.“
I wonder why we have not heard of this accusation in Australia.
In much more recent news, it seems Herr ÜberGrossenFührer Morrison is about to be justifiably scammed by the Indonesians. A senior advisor to the Indonesian Government, Dewi Fortuna Anwar, has revealed Australia and Indonesia are in discussions over a new asylum seeker exchange deal.
That sounds a lot like the old fair-ground favourite, the “Thimble Trick”.
The final agreement will be hedged about with lots and lots of spin. It seems there will be a swap of “Boat People” who can be flown back to danger for an equal number of “queued” refugees who stay in Australia. Of course this means an increase in the total number of refugees being accepted into Australia. I wonder how this will be spun to the rednecks in Western Sydney.
No information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.
At around 4pm WST, Gordon Thompson tweeted “State Secret#18 RAN brought 40-60 women men children Xmas Is 1pm.” Thanks for the quick eyes, Sue.
I wonder if they are the passengers from one of the boats mentioned this morning or both boats. We shall find out in the next 24 hours I should imagine.
AND the “Tong Cheng 702” is moored around 60km north od Christmas Island. It must have one hell of a long anchor chain!
A quick visit to the foetid swamp which is Michael Smith’s blog reveals a phone call from “Shaz” who has seen this arrival. It is a new arrival not to be confused with yesterday’s Sri Lankan arrival. This group has women and children as well and seems to be from the Middle east. Shaz also said that she has heard that there may be another TWO vessels on the way to CI.
The news this morning indicates that another TWO vessels have been intercepted and are believed believed to be carrying scores of people. They were picked up by border protection authorities over the weekend. Preparations are being made on Christmas Island to receive the two groups.
That would explain why both Hmas Bummarat and HMAS Childers uncloaked yesterday and were observed travelling slowly to the North of Christmas Island.
It may be a day or two before they are actually landed.
Meanwhile, Tony Abbott continues to say that the relationship with Indonesia is getting better all the time. In this he may be correct. It certainly could not get much worse!
No information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.
The asyum seekers who were the subject of dispute the past couple of days have landed at Christmas Island. It seems they were of Sri Lankan and Pakistani origin with the possibility that there may some Indians amongst them. One was dressed in Australian Cricket gear and claimed to be a fast bowler.
Morrison’s Sea Security Service forced to break its silence today.
A major diplomatic failure!
In an article by Michael Bachelard the Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax Media datelined November 9, 2013 – 12:40PM, we learn that the Abbott
Government has blinked in the stand-off off the coast of Java.
He writes “Tony Abbott’s government capitulated to Indonesia on Friday night, ordering a Customs boat with up to 63 refugees on board to go to Christmas Island. A refugee source in Indonesia contacted Fairfax Media early on Saturday to say the boat had reached the Australian territory on Friday night after immigration minister Scott Morrison failed to convince Indonesia to accept their return.”
More than that, the Indonesian coordinating minister for security,, Djoko Suyanto, has stated in the strongest terms that the country would never take refugees from Australia under these circumstances. A declaration that scuttles any chance that Mr Abbott’s three-year old promise of turning back boats could become a reality.
It seems the Coalition Government is indeed becoming a taxi service for asylum seekers. It will be interesting to see if the rumours of more boats coming from Indonesia during the coming week (singular) are based in fact.
The Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison confirmed the transfer in a media release in which he used weasel words to obscure the reality of this major diplomatic slap in the face. Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop have held a Press Conference this morning declaring their undying love for all of the Indonesian Government. What we will not be told by this incompetent rabble is that every other nation in our neighbourhood will be sitting up and taking notice. Especially as the reality of the Foreign aid cuts become apparent.
Suddenly we have unfriendly faces all around us!
Ignore any of the spin, weasel words and silences coming from this Australian Government of Lies and Broken Promises.
This will shatter the confidence of this bully-led team and they will take it out on US, their fellow citizens since there is not a big enough wall for them all to punch!.
8th Nov; Very limited information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.
UPDATE – 1.30pm WST; The tensions between Indonesia and Australia are being noticed by other nations. Here is a Straits Times report published today;
JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesia and Australia were locked in a stand-off on Friday after an Australian vessel went to the aid of an asylum-seeker boat off Indonesia’s main island of Java but Jakarta said it would not accept receiving those on board. The flare-up in tensions came with relations between the two neighbours already under pressure following reports that the Australian embassy in Jakarta carried out surveillance as part of a US-led spying network
The Melbourne Age, in an earlier article, suggests much the same with the additional information that there are 67 people on board.
Suddenly we are on track to become the pariahs of Southern Asia. Just as well we have a highly skilled and competent Foreign Minister in charge of these things – – –
The weekly press conference again degenerated into a listing of occupants of our “Three Island Concentration Camp System”. It seems we have less that 3,000 people being held in the camps. This is a miniscule number when compared with the million Styians in camps outside Syria and the half-million Somalis in camps in Kenya. We Aussies are so proud of punching above our weight in so many areas of international comparison yet here we are shamefully so far below our weight it is a national disgrace.
Yet again, “on-water matters” were completely ignored. The timing of the first vessel to be contacted by the Australian Navy fits well with my prediction in comments on the 6th of this month. Indonesia is fed up with conflicting signals.Conflict between ASIO and Border Protection has now begun. The question which will not be answered without a whistleblower is, “How many vessels have been turned back without our knowledge?” Numbers (which seem to be in the range of approximately 50) from this vessel will be added to this week’s total as and when available.
More information of a naughtycal nature has emerged about HMAS Ballarat and its crew. It will not be covered here. Sorry for the flippancy but without that flippancy, I would be screaming.
7th Nov; No information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.
Rumours surfaced that a vessel has been intercepted in the Sundra Strait;
An asylum seeker boat has been assisted off the coast of Indonesia after issuing a distress call while making its way to Australia. A spokesman for the Indonesian search and rescue agency, BASARNAS, confirmed to AAP that a distress call was received from a vessel in the Sunda Strait earlier on Thursday. The Australian naval vessel, HMAS Ballarat, responded to the distress call, and was escorting the asylum seeker boat to Christmas Island, the spokesman said.
HMAS Ballarat has also been mentioned in regard to yet another Sex Scandal.
6th Nov; No information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.
Firstly, there has been a little strange activity around Christmas Island. Two tankers, the Golden Wave and the Ocean Princess, have approached CI and performed some random manoeuvres around 50Km North(ish) of the Island. I am not a seafarer nor a resident of CI but I find the movements are a little odd and I do wonder at the need for two tanker deliveries within 48 hours. I assume this is for diesel and other hydrocarbons. If they are, in fact, tankers. Another interesting fact is that while the destination for both vessels is shown as Christmas Island, neither have any “Previous Ports of Call”.
It is all very odd!
Secondly, the Abbott/Morrison secret war on women and children is in danger of having one of its key components removed.
Indonesia’s cooperation and assistance is needed to allow Tony Abbott to boastfully state that HE has stopped the boats. Herr ÜberGrossenFührer Morrison has been working to ensnare the Indonesians into his vision of a world where no refugees exist; just border-jumping criminals.
Now DFAT under Australia’s most dangerously incompetent Foreign Minister is trying to ignore its spying on Indonesia and other South East Asian Nations and hoping the stink will go away. Indonesia’s foreign minister Marty Natalegawa has threatened to review his country’s assistance in the Asylum Seeker “solution”. Does this mean that, if the current lull in boat arrivals is due to the Abbott Policies, a very debatable position, then any arrivals from NOW are all the fault of the Abbott Government’;s incompetence?
5th Nov; No information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.