Friday, May 25, 2018

I Hope You'll All Be Very Happy Together

I'll bet your Tooth Fairy PM never thought anyone would take her seriously.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is willing to consider a New Zealand offer to resettle some refugees held in offshore detention, but only if they are banned from ever coming to Australia.


Gerald said...

Does Australia ban people with Australian residency or citizenship from travelling anywhere?
Get real.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


Yes, frequently. So what?

Jaywalk said...

I doubt that is achievable if they become NZ citizens, because citizens should be equal under the law and can't see how they can carve out single exceptions disbarring individuals leaving to go to a particular country (there's the pay up the fines things but that is broad based and affects anyone who hasn't paid them and no one that does).

It's not "The Governor-General in the Realm of New Zealand requests in the Name of Her Majesty The Queen all whom it may concern to allow the holder to pass without delay or hindrance and in case of need to give all lawful assistance and protection except for the Manus lot"

And we couldn't stop them flying to somewhere like Fiji and then going to Australia from there once possessed of a NZ passport which would allow them to enter visa free. Or doing what that guy did and taking a boat over the Tasman. He managed it in a catamaran, dangerous but still got there.

It will take just a little time, possibly a week for them to remove NZ's visa free status in Australia to make completely sure that as they have stated not one of those people trying to get to Australia illegaly will ever be entering there. They've gone to a lot of trouble to do so, including refugee swaps and they won't accept something like this in the end if it doesn't work to achieve their aim.

So they may claim to take her seriously, but they know realistically we won't be able to stop them doing so if really determined to get there. Given the depth of thinking that is going on in what passes for our government they won't think about the implications and what could happen until way too late.