UPDATE 24th SEPTEMBER
The Guardian is reporting this morning that yet another boatload of Asylum Seekers has been intercepted. This time off Java’s South coast. In Indonesian waters.
From the Guardian report, “The 21 asylum seekers, including children, on board were taken to the southern Javan port of Cidaun, where they have been detained by immigration officials. Some of the group are understood to hold UNHCR refugee cards. The asylum seekers, reportedly from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, were found off the coast of Java by fishermen, who towed their vessel to Jayanti beach, Cianjur.
It is understood the asylum seekers had set out for Christmas Island three days ago, but were hampered by difficult weather and large waves.They had been floating without fuel for three days, and were running low on food and fresh water. “When we found them, they were lacking food and drink,” a fisherman named Mamun told news website Okezone. [Indonesian site] “Most of them are adults and some brought kids. We took them to the beach and then they were secured in Cidaun police station.”
Perth Now has reported “A SMUGGLER’S boat bound for Australia carrying 24 people became stranded yesterday morning in heavy seas off the south coast of Java after running into engine trouble. The boat, crewed by three Indonesians from Makassar, was believed to be carrying 14 Bangladeshis and seven Indians, who were all rescued by local fishermen and taken to the nearby town of Cidaun.”
Not that this could have happened.
After all, our Australian Government has STOPPED THE BOATS!
So we have been told for the past twelve months.
Just what does “Stopping the Boats” really mean?
It means “Go and die somewhere else.”
It means “Go and die out of our sight.”
It means “You may as well die before we see you.”
It means “How dare you leave the home where you were going to be killed!”
It means “How dare you come to our notice with your needs.”
It means “We Australians couldn’t care less about human suffering.”
It means “We don’t care.”
We have seen the political demise of four Prime Ministers who created, supported and extended the rolled up welcome mat on the coast of our nation. Not one of them thrown out because of that policy.
I wonder if Malcolm Turnbull will see the light and return us to some semblance of collective humanity.
There is still the unanswered question
Australia has failed
to change human nature.