Great thread thus far, now heres my take on things. I did a poll amongst friends over the last week regarding the illigal boat people farce ( Thats what i think it is) . I asked several friends / work collegues about the subject. Firstly let me point out this was not a bunch of Poms or beer swilling footy watching Aussies. It was 3 English, 4 australians, 1 czech republican, 1 Indian singaporian, 1 malaysian, 2 kiwis. A cross section you must agree, and the general consensus was..........If the illigal boats are intercepted in Australian waters the navy or border patrols should forcebly turn the boats round and point them in the direction whence they came, if they are in any trouble then help them out of course but again, send them back. Boats sinking is a tradegy of course but why are we being made to feel guilty, these people were not invited here, why should Australia feel guilt just because they got into Australian waters. No body is against immigration, the world was built on it, 8 of the 12 people i asked are immigrants...but legal ones, thats the difference. The governments stance on this whole issue is woeful to say the least, a hard line needs to be taken, Make it so the people smugglers dont see us as an easy touch, and as earlier stated lots of these people are economic asylum seekers, one guy from Afghanistan had gold bars hidden in his coat.
Just a little story from last week, i delivered some furniture to an Indian guy in Seacombe, only been over here for 4 months, got chatting, he originally fled from Idi Amin in Uganda in the 1970s and settled in UK, He was interested that i had left the UK as well, he expliained to me that his family and he left the UK as the country had gone downhill and too many undesirables and illigals were being allowed to enter....His words not mine!!!Also some of the worse racism i have witnessed is NOT black against white, far from it, its been Indians against Pakistanis and Sri Lankans, and Africans against West Indians!!!!!
Said my bit, thats it.