They’re back but not for long

Border Force officers after intercepting the Sri Lankan asylum-seeker boat off Christmas Island.

From the front page of The Oz: Sri Lankan asylum-seeker bid turns back time. They must have been reading the polling figures before the election. The stats which come with the story notes that in the last two years of R-G-R, there were 17,204 and 20,587 arrivals by sea. In the first year of ATM, the number fell to 160. From the story:

Yesterday’s returns bring to 186 the number of men, women and children from 10 people-smuggling ventures who have been ­returned to Sri Lanka since the ­Coalition came to power in September 2013. More than 50,000 asylum-seekers came to Australia by boat under the previous Labor government and an estimated 1200 drowned trying over that six-year period.

There is then this comment accompanying the story on People smugglers which includes this, almost as a throw-away.

Another boat was reported to have left India in March. It was never seen again and is assumed lost at sea.

There are many reasons to stop the flow. As a separate matter, the notion that large-scale migration is good for the economy is utterly untrue.

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14 Responses to They’re back but not for long

  1. stackja

    Regarding missing boat.
    Greens ‘accidents happen’.

  2. stackja

    Maybe migrants assist if they help build more infrastructure and don’t drive cars. Or go straight on welfare.

  3. This illustrates what would have happened if Labor/Greens had won. Let’s hope that this is highlighted at every opportunity, especially the next election.

  4. MPH

    Leftists:. Government services are inadequate!

    Also leftists:. We need to bring in hundreds of thousands of people every year and make them eligible for government services!

    FMD

  5. Roger

    As a separate matter, the notion that large-scale migration is good for the economy is utterly untrue.

    Nor is it good for a society unless that society has a death wish, like Sweden seems to.

    Incidentally, Italy has stopped ‘migrant’ boats from North Africa by closing its ports to them.

    This has prompted cries of “cruelty” from Leftists.

    Over the last several years Italian authorities recorded 15 000 ‘migrant’ deaths at sea; the actual number is likely much higher.

    Beware the Left’s oft proclaimed love of humankind – as Dostoevsky noted, it doesn’t condescend to the love of mere individuals.

  6. Woolfe

    I bet they didn’t have life jackets befor the interception

  7. And when Trump suggested that illegals be shipped to sanctuary states, like Florida and California, outrage erupted from these sanctuary states. How dare he!

  8. thefrollickingmole

    Mrs. Jellyby, satiric character in the novel Bleak House (1852–53) by Charles Dickens, one of his memorable caricatures. Matronly Mrs. Jellyby is a philanthropist who devotes her time and energy to setting up a mission in Africa while ignoring the needy in her own family and neighbourhood.

    The left are a collective of Jellybys.
    Always a noble cause “over there” , much less so at home.
    They need to clean their own rooms first.

  9. cuckoo

    Have we heard any more about the multiple ‘suicide attempts’ on Manus after Scomo won the election? No, I didn’t think so.

  10. gowest

    large-scale migration is good for the economy is utterly untrue. However it is good for public service numbers and pay rises…. The govt is the biggest “industry” in Australia.

  11. Bad Samaritan

    C’mon. The Oz navy can either sink the country shoppers themselves, or ask a friendly navy to do it for them. Who’s ever gonna know?

    Geez…a refugee boat disappears off India. Does anyone bother counting the torpedoes when the Indian subs returned to Kochi?

    Why would anyone care in the least?

  12. Have we heard any more about the multiple ‘suicide attempts’ on Manus after Scomo won the election? No, I didn’t think so.

    Half the detainees have “attempted suicide”, & not one has succeeded.

    Right.

  13. Fisky

    There are many reasons to stop the flow. As a separate matter, the notion that large-scale migration is good for the economy is utterly untrue.

    Immigration actually subtracts from GDP in the long run. Look at Australia’s yuge productivity collapse since we ramped up immigration. Just terrible.

  14. sfw

    Mass migration with no increase in per capita productivity, the economy appears to grow but nobody is better off. If the mass migration includes large numbers of low skilled/low IQ people they will compete with similar Australians for limited jobs, this will cause wage stagnation or lower wages for those people. Throw in a big increase in welfare for the new arrivals and it’s a recipe for slow long term disaster, not to mention the destruction of the local culture.

    We’re doomed by second rate intellectuals and third rate politicians.

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