Now the world should know by now that little old Australia has been shouldering an excessive burden from this War on Terrorism. Specifically an unwelcome influx of dozens, sometimes hundreds of people claiming to be fleeing political oppression and seeking asylum on our fair shores.
The current government has responded to this threat to our way of life and social security system via a policy of mandatory detention. Fully serviced hostel style accommodation has been provided in Woomera and Port Hedland. Any overflow are given free passage to such Pacific tropical paradises like Naru and,to a lesser extent, New Zealand.
The policy was working. They won an election on the back of it … also we hadn’t seen a boatload for months.
And then another leaky, unseaworthy rust laden ship of shame flounders into our territorial waters. On to the serenely beautiful, World Heritage listed shores of Lord Howe Island (population 350) we now find 200 drunken, uncouth slobs in silly hats from cultural centres like Billingsgate, Oldham and Millwall. The poor white trash of Europe who can’t even win the most basic sports games their culture invented … soccer, rugby, tennis, cricket.
What stings is the sheer effrontery of the timing of this. The driving force behind this policy is John Winston Howard, Australian Prime Minister and recently appointed Chairman of the International Democratic Union. Howard is conducting a grand European tour at this very moment. And what is the key issue that every tin-pot poll-driven little European leader trying to button hole him and learn the ropes on? Border protection.
Of course, there is more than a simple precedent for this, these people have been trying this stunt for 200 plus years and still can’t get the longitude right.
Heh, heh, heh … convicts revenge. Lock the buggers up behind the razor wire of Woomera and throw away the key.
(Is there anything an Aussie likes better than Pommie baiting? :p)
Is Lord Howe still part of Australia? I thought it might have been one of the bits Little Johnny got rid of. Actually I’m waiting for the day when I hear on the news that Little J has excised all of Australia from Australia’s immigration zone, except his own residence, around which he will build a 20 ft white picket fence to keep out the last 50 years.
I’m sure you all know that Australia was claimed by Captain Cook in the name of the British Empire and that Mother England thought it an appropriate place to transport her criminals via boat.
When the Poms decided they were sick of the climate in England (or the politics, or the warm beer), many of them settled here on assisted migrant passages.
We just think it’s absolutely hilarious that we’re trying to keep “boat people” out of our waters and exclude asylum seekers by including more and more territory within our “border protection” laws (what the hell deal did the Kiwis make that they haven’t yet been excluded), and the first vessel in distress which gets caught by these absurd “exclusion zone” laws happens to be a British one.
By the time our current government has finished legislating “exclusion zones”, anything between the North and South Poles and anything to the west of Perth or the east of Sydney will be “excluded”.
In short, woolly was trying to point out the absolute absurdity of Australia’s “illegal immigrant” policy.
Australia was settled by people who were sent here precisely because of their illegal activity, and even after it stopped being a penal colony it became - and remains to this day - a nation built on the sweat and toil of those who had the sheer guts and determination to take a huge risk and “cross the seas” in pursuit of a better life for themselves and future generations.
It’s no more factually correct to refer to “Australia” as having been a penal colony than it is to refer to the USA as having been one (and yes, British convicts WERE transported to individual states of what we now know as the US prior to the union).
woolly’s just taking the piss out of the Poms because their boat is leaking and we won Wimbledon.