Deal On Boats With Sri Lanka: Greens Should Be Ashamed

TONY ABBOTT stands on the cusp of doing what Labor and the Greens couldn’t — or wouldn’t — do: stopping the boats by dealing with the problem at its source. Sri Lanka has agreed in principle to work with Australia to end this scourge once and for all. The Greens, especially, ought to be ashamed.

Who would have thought it? Talking, to the right people in the right way, actually works.

Working on the sidelines of the CHOGM conference in Colombo, Tony Abbott appears to have all but sealed a deal with the Sri Lankan government to crack down once and for all on people smugglers; given the perilous journeys of so many asylum seekers begin in Sri Lanka, the agreement represents the first real breakthrough on boat arrivals since the Howard government instituted its Pacific Solution in 2001.

The deal apparently exists at present as a memorandum of understanding, the details of which are to be finalised in meetings over the weekend between Abbott and his Sri Lankan counterpart, with a final agreement due to signed within days.

Importantly, it is understood that both Foreign minister Julie Bishop and immigration minister Scott Morrison have had contributed to the groundwork that have enabled an agreement to be possible.

And I think that last point is especially noteworthy given Bishop and Morrison are not just hate figures to the Left, but have been mindlessly pilloried in recent weeks for no better reason than they are new to their current ministerial roles.

Readers will remember that earlier in the week, this column slammed Communist Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon for the pious lecture tour she took it upon herself to undertake in Sri Lanka, holding court and lecturing government officials about alleged human rights abuses in their country as “the voice the Australian government has refused to be.”

Until somebody took umbrage, that is, and — in her words — “deprived her of her liberty.”

Today’s development in the fight against people smuggling, with its implicit potential to drastically reduce the flow of unauthorised boat arrivals in Australia, should give the likes of Rhiannon something to think about.

While she was in Sri Lanka, unsolicited (and likely less than genuinely welcome), indulging her deluded and pretentious fantasies about national leadership, this country’s actual leaders were working behind the scenes to negotiate a bilateral framework by which to tackle a problem that is increasingly expensive for Australia to deal with, and increasingly hazardous to those who would risk their lives to perpetuate it.

As I said in my article on Rhiannon’s little field trip, I’m not going to get into a debate on the rights, wrongs or otherwise of what she saw fit to talk at Sri Lankan figures about.

But I will make the point that here in Australia, we have a government that acts to resolve issues of concerns to Australia, and the same principle applies in the case of Sri Lanka; the Sri Lankans don’t come here and tell us how to run our country, and I would wager the prospect of acting similarly in Sri Lanka would be viewed rather dimly.

Again, it shows how far out of line Rhiannon and her sidekick were.

But the issue of people smuggling is one the Greens are passionate about, at least in the sense they are adamant they have the only correct solution: throw the borders open, and let whoever the hell wants to come here do so, unfettered, and give them the world when they arrive.

Nobody could accuse the hard Left of being anything other than driven by “ideals.”

The problem is that nobody outside their jaundiced and malignant movement agrees with them; the deal on the table which Abbott will shortly finalise certainly lends no weight to Greens’ policies from the so-called “push” side of the ledger.

Perhaps the Greens, Rhiannon and others like them should reflect that while they are trying to conceive a world that basks in socialist utopia, others are getting on with the real business of international affairs: in this case, the real business between Australia and a friendly country with which we share different aspects of a common problem.

And far from the stated intentions of do-gooder chardonnay drunks achieving anything of worth, perhaps Rhiannon might reflect that letting rip with her socialist pap might, in other circumstances, have derailed a meaningful achievement in governance — the issue of the Greens’ unreasoning hatred of conservative government and its actions notwithstanding.



Sanctimonious Rhiannon Lucky Not To Be Killed In Sri Lanka

CALL ME HORRIBLE if you have to, but I have absolutely no sympathy whatsoever for Communist Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon; filled with self-important righteousness, her expedition to lecture Sri Lanka on “alleged” human rights abuses could well have got her killed. This woman is an idiot.

“I went to Sri Lanka to be the voice the Australian government has refused to be,” begins the noble account Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon gives of herself in The Guardian today.

Really? Since when did a former Communist, in Parliament only by virtue of proportional representation and on the ticket of a lunatic fringe party scoring 8% of the vote at an election, have any right to arrogate to herself a duty to speak on behalf of this country?

On foreign soil and to another country’s government, no less?

By now I think most people know about the incident I’m talking about: Sri Lanka is shortly to hold the latest Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) — to be chaired by Prince Charles — and there are elements across the Commonwealth who urge leaders to boycott the forum in protest over alleged excesses perpetrated by Sri Lankan forces upon Tamil insurgents during the now-ended civil war in that country.

Rhiannon (along with another Greens fruit cake from New Zealand, Jan Logie) had travelled to Sri Lanka on the pretext of doing something about “human rights abuses,” but — predictably — succeeded in making Australia an international embarrassment instead.

Indeed, they are lucky they weren’t killed.

First things first: for a bit of balance, here is the article from The Guardian, and coverage from the News Limited press here and here. I’d include something from Fairfax, but there doesn’t seem to be a report on their sites (readers may post one, however, in comments).

I’m not going to get into a discussion of the rights, wrongs or otherwise of the atrocities Rhiannon claims to be fighting against; “human rights abuses that the Sri Lankan government is allegedly involved in” (my italics) is the way she puts it in her own words.

People who want to know about that can simply read her justifications and excuses from The Guardian, which is why I have put a link to it in this article.

But I would make the observation that Sri Lanka, until relatively recently, was engaged in a brutal and bloody civil war: what did the Senator think would occur in such a conflict? A game of chess over a cup of tea?

Never mind though: whatever it is, loopy Lee Rhiannon from Australia and her kooky counterpart from Kiwiland will sort them all out.

Spare us!

Wars, by their very nature, involve violence and bloodshed and what Rhiannon would deem “atrocities,” and it seems no accident that her stunt just happens to coincide with Remembrance Day — the commemoration of the end of the first World War on 11 November 1918, and of the fallen from that and all subsequent wars.

This crusade by two politicians who should know better — even from the Greens — demeans the honour of Australians who fought gallantly in those conflicts and, frankly, is an insult to their memory.

Who the hell does Rhiannon think she is?

“I was very concerned that my liberty was denied to me for more than three hours,” Rhiannon said on her return to Australia yesterday, in a statement certain to fill her Sri Lankan captors with guilt and remorse.

People (and especially those supposedly imbued with the responsibility of elected office, like Rhiannon) must understand that when they travel to another country, Australian laws, customs and practices do not apply.

Rhiannon is lucky in the sense that here in Australia she’s free to say — and largely do — whatever she likes; as an adherent of the hard Left, a swag of United Nations treaties and the clauses of legislation around anti-discrimination also allow her to peddle material that is, to many, simply offensive and noxious.

But to go to a country like Sri Lanka and start lecturing the local government about this and that…if the worst they did to her was to lock her up and basically deport her, she should be counting her blessings.

There are some countries in which the activities Senator Rhiannon engaged in whilst in Sri Lanka would have got her shot. It’s no laughing matter.

Yet in the meantime, she’s safely back in Australia. Isn’t that lovely? I’m sorry if I am meant to feel any profound sense of relief, because I don’t.

And as ever with the Left, she still can’t get the story straight as she continues to peddle her odious agenda.

CHOGM is an important international forum; the 53 nations of the Commonwealth cover about a third of the world’s population, and CHOGM meetings represent opportunities for those countries to discuss and advance initiatives in trade, in tourism, and  in investment.

Rhiannon doesn’t think Australia should attend, as a show of defiance against the “alleged” human rights abuses she writes about, and points to boycotts of the forum by the leaders of India and Canada as showing the way forward.

Yet whilst Canadian PM Stephen Harper might well be boycotting CHOGM, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been at pains to point out in recent days that despite appearances to the contrary, his non-attendance at CHOGM is due to purely domestic political factors within India only.

So much for that.

The Greens are not harmless; behind the carefully confected shroud of giving a stuff about the environment and encouraging “harmless” protest votes lies a (global) movement that really does aspire to engineer societies that are truly socialist — or even Communist — in nature, which is why I keep banging on with the suggestion that readers who don’t believe it should get hold of the Greens’ platform and read it.

At the very minimum, it’s highly undemocratic: and “anti” most of the things reasonable people accept are fundamental and critical tenets of ordered, decent society in a civilised western democratic country such as ours.

It is offensive to the point of outrageous that Rhiannon and her ilk traipse around the world on their crusades, daring to suggest they speak for the Australian government when they do not, and having the temerity to point the finger at others when their own stupidity reaps its own consequences.

In this case it could have been far worse, and Rhiannon should be thankful she is alive.

Mercifully, the Greens neither constitute nor represent the Australian government, and — with the benefit of hindsight available to future Parliaments — the folly of the Gillard government in according this dangerous outfit such status must never be repeated.

Yet even if it was, Rhiannon speaks for nobody: a former Communist and Soviet sympathiser now sitting on the ultra-hard left flank of the Greens she may be, but in world terms (to say nothing of right here in Australia) she is an insignificance — and rightly so.