THE Liberal National parties’ policy on offshore processing has finally been vindicated. Angus Houston’s panel has thrown a lifeline to Julia Gillard to save face and end the boat people deadlock.
I am amazed at the outrage shown by the Greens at the recommendations made dismissing the option of onshore processing.
Why can’t Christine Milne and Sarah Hanson-Young accept there must be deterrents to stop these people arriving here?
The fact is these people are jumping the queue, taking precedence over people who are going through the legal process of migrating here and the places of many impoverished refugees in other Third World countries.
These people have the money to pay the huge amounts demanded by the people smugglers and realistically cannot be considered as needy as the starving people elsewhere.
The premise that the majority of these people are in fear of their lives is very questionable and unlikely. What responsibility would the Greens take if Australia was infiltrated by terrorists posing as asylum seekers, whose sole intention was to cause chaos and harm in this country?
This would happen if onshore processing were to continue. It would be just a matter of when, especially considering the inefficient and lax security measures that allowed people smuggler Captain Emad asylum here for two years, until he fled unpunished overseas when discovered.
Australia is a country that is increasingly unable to provide for its own, so how are we to support these boat people?
This country has problems of homelessness, a lack of doctors and hospital beds, lack of public housing, lack of care for our disabled and mentally ill and much more besides.
Businesses, families and pensioners are struggling to cope with rising costs, with more to follow as a result of the carbon tax.
This tax inflicted on all of us can be placed squarely at the feet of the Greens.
This tax was the ransom paid to the Greens by Labor to allow them to stay in government.
Judging by the inaction of other countries implementing similar measures, this is an irrelevant and unfair tax imposed on all Australians.
As for the compensation touted by Julia Gillard, Blind Freddy can see how inadequate it is.
Every facet of our lifestyle is being affected by this disastrous tax and all politicians who voted for this tax should hang their heads in shame.
Do the Greens believe the carbon tax will put a little bubble around our country and give us a utopia of clear air, no droughts or floods, no wildfires and no volcanic activity?
Apparently, the Greens completely dismiss the historical evidence of the past heating and cooling of the earth, unrelated to any human influences.
I do have a suggestion for Ms Gillard and her fellow parliamentarians who believe in man-made global warming. Stop flittering all over the country in fuel-guzzling planes.
Instead, make use of the $40 billion (and still counting) nightmare that is the NBN white elephant they are so very proud of.
Marilyn Rantall, Edward Street, Cobden