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July 19, 2013

Federal Labor, in its desperation to stem its electoral loses in the 2013 election, has made a hard turn to the right, on asylum seekers arriving by boat. All unauthorised arrivals will be sent to Papua New Guinea for assessment and if successful, they will be resettled in PNG.

Arriving in Australia by boat will no longer mean settlement in Australia.

MoirAaslyum.jpg David Rowe

Under the new agreement between Australia and PNG, asylum seekers who arrive from Friday will have health checks and immunisations on Christmas Island and then, within weeks, will be transferred to Manus Island and “other centres” in PNG as yet unspecified.

UNHCR recently found that, while improving, the conditions on the remote Manus Island were still below required international standards. The conditions of the detention facility are harsh and inhumane.

Presumably, this hard turn to the right is designed to achieve what the Howard government’s Pacific Solution could not: that is, to ensure that no refugees are in fact resettled in Australia. The success of Rudd Labor’s plan relies on the ability of PNG to resettle large numbers of refugees. How can PNG deal with this problem?

A resurgent, Rudd-led, Labor party has embraced Fortress Australia in a global world, instead of supporting UNHCR and regional governments to swiftly process refugees and provide them with real solutions. So its off to the polls we go.

Rudd is in charge of things. He's taken back control. The Rudd government has shown that it has the power and capacity to act in postmodernity. Postmodernity means that we have:

now entered an era when none of the ‘modern' institutions of government seem capable of really exercising any control over the material, socialand cultural changes which capitalism continues to unleash upon us. At the same time, none of the large-scale, coherent systems of thought which have been handed down to us from earlier moments seem capable of grasping the full pluralism and complexity of a world of such dense, wild, unregulated capitalism as we see all around us today.

We are in a situation where there is an inability of institutions which were born in the industrial revolution and came to maturity in the era of cinema, railways and mass democracy to get to grips with the mercurial fluidity and speed of postmodern cybernetic capitalism.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:12 PM | | Comments (8)
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Its a vote winner

It's about recovering those Labor supporters in the outer-suburbs, who have drifted toward the Coalition's simple fix of turning back the boats.

The majority of ''boat people'' are found to be refugees because they are refugees.

So the talk of stopping the boats is a cover for stopping more refugees coming
to Australia.

Rudd Labor's policy: Australia’s borders are closed to refugees.

I will go out on a limb here and suggest that at least some of the most recent asylum seeker politics is to do with that realisation that little, in turn, is going be to be done further up the food chain as to the factors that generate mass people movements.
Syria is the paradigm for what the US didn't learn from 9/11 and we are all faced with a serious issue (especially if we are mid eastern or African), because those who precipitate these disasters have not pulled their weight, as to cutting back the adventurism and ordinance racketeering that goes with it.

Peter S Stock: "So the talk of stopping the boats is a cover for stopping more refugees..."

I don't think so.

What makes this latest move so pathetically‎ and blatantly political, is that it is aimed only at boat arrivals. There is no mention of asylum seekers arriving by other means.

Rudd is trying to remove the so-called flood of boat people from the front pages. This "policy" (like others going back over a decade) is designed entirely to calm the hysterical, ignorant, self-absorbed bogan vote in the swing seats.

Rudd is not Howard-lite.

John Howard's Pacific Solution saw asylum seekers banished to Nauru and PNG's Manus Island and told they would never set foot on Australia. However, the refugees were ultimately resettled here in Australia because no other country would take them.

Rudd has trumped that---those found to be refugees will never get to live in Australia. They will stay in PNG if no other country takes them.