IN A REMINDER of how out of touch with reality the Greens are, their latest policy on asylum seekers calls for onshore processing, more welfare to be shovelled at them, and the right to jobs at the expense of Australians. It underscores the imperative to get rid of the Greens from Parliament.
Given there has been so much going on in the past week, this is one issue I had meant to post on much sooner; as it is I will keep things relatively brief, but on the question of asylum seeker policy the Greens simply must be held to account.
A couple of weeks ago, we talked about
Communist Party Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, in the context of her implosion on Sydney radio station 2GB when confronted by host Ben Fordham over the Greens’ asylum seeker policies.
Based on what has come to light subsequently, it’s no wonder she was tetchy.
In and around everything else we’ve been following, the Greens late last week released a policy on asylum seekers for the imminent election; this truly is a shocker, and it’s hard to see how they can have the bare-faced nerve to even attempt to justify it, let alone lie straight in bed at night.
The key points of this policy are:
- Onshore processing of all persons arriving by boat, and release into the Australian community within 30 days;
- Increased welfare payments for asylum seekers, increasing from $442 to $497 per fortnight per person, with additional amounts for rent assistance payable;
- The unlimited right to work in Australia (and to take jobs from Australians);
- An increase in the humanitarian immigrant intake from 20,000 to 30,000 per year.
According to the Greens, the whole thing will be paid for by ending offshore processing and shutting down offshore detention facilities.
One will say something nice about Peter Beattie; the recycled Labor has-been hit the nail on the head recently when he said, of offshore detention-based asylum seeker policies, that he didn’t like them — but “they’re the best option we have.”
For the Greens, the imperative is an actualisation of the socialist nirvana to which they aspire, with the wishes of the Australian public ridden roughshod over in the process.
To say nothing, of course, of Australian sovereignty.
I’m sorry, but we don’t need to be shovelling additional billions of dollars in welfare payments and other “assistance” to people who, by and large, shouldn’t even be here.
We certainly shouldn’t be allowing them the untrammelled right to employment, as non-citizens and non-residents; there is ample evidence that employment remains inadequate for the people who actually live here, let alone letting queue jumpers take Australian jobs.
And it goes without saying that asylum seekers most certainly should not be guaranteed release into the Australian community after simple health and security screening.
Greens’ leader Christine Milne seems oblivious to the fact that to institute a regime of the nature her party proposes, far from resolving the asylum seeker problem, it will fuel it — nay, turbo-charge it — even further.
The Greens have always maintained a suite of policies that, if implemented, would see Australia’s borders open permanently to all comers, the country defenceless, and Australian taxpayers and businesses the cash cows to fund whatever the ulterior motive is that sits behind such ridiculous (and possibly unconstitutional) prescriptions of governance.
I’ve spoken a lot in the past about the bleeding heart industry; of chardonnay drunks and compassion babblers and — unapologetically — say that those who would sell Australia out and the interests of those who live here should get the hell out and go somewhere else.
We might be lucky. We might, as a country, be “wealthy.” But at the end of the day, this country and its wealth belong to those who live here, and whilst a little neighbourly goodness and generosity is a great thing, removing all limits on it is perverse.
I’ve kept a link to one of the articles on this policy from last weekend; readers can access this here for a bit more information and perspective on the Greens’ plans.
This isn’t an issue of cruelty; it’s a matter of the national interest.
And that’s the point. It is not in Australia’s national interest to ramp up the number of asylum seekers it accepts, throw billions of welfare dollars at them, give them housing assistance unavailable to most people who live here already, and let them compete for jobs that are the birthright of Australia’s citizens, and the rightful privilege of its residents.
Peter Beattie is right: the current approaches by the Liberal and Labor parties mightn’t be pleasant or perfect, but they are the best on offer.
And if Christine Milne genuinely believes deterrence doesn’t work when it comes to asylum seekers, she could not have framed a better prescription to abandon it altogether, or to ensure that far from deterring asylum seekers and people smugglers, they are given every inducement and encouragement conceivable.
It is, to use the Senator’s own phrase, an “evidence-based approach” all right: an approach based on evidence of how to magnify the problem a hundred times over, with scant regard or care for the consequences.
Once again, the Greens have shown just how out of touch — and lunatic — they really are.