Scott Morrison proudly, it seems, made his major contribution to heightening the levels of moral panic in the community in relation to asylum seekers. While I have read many articles today, which I will share below, I am taking the words from his press release on his web site, http://www.scottmorrison.com.au/info/pressrelease.aspx?id=1083
A requirement to consult and notify police in advance of the release of boat arrivals on bridging visas or into community detention in their jurisdiction
Why this requirement, Scott? Why are you not suggesting we do the same with all Australian criminals released from prisons? After all, I do not want a convicted rapist living next to me given I have two daughters and last year we had at least two women raped and killed within a 20 mile radius of my home. They have paid their debt to society for their crime, you say? Let me tell you something, Scott: asylum seekers have NO debt to society to pay.
A requirement for neighbouring residents to be alerted in advance of boat arrivals being located in their community on bridging visas or community detention
Way to fuel moral panic, Scott. What is gained by this? You will simply have communities up in arms as a result of your scaremongering that they won’t accept asylum seekers in their areas.
The establishment of behaviour protocols for boat arrivals placed on bridging visas or in community detention, with clear negative sanctions for breaches of such protocols
I would really like to establish some behaviour protocols for politicians, Scott. Such as politicians shall not incite moral panic, politicians shall treat all with humanity, politicians will not use an innocent group of people for self-serving political purposes.
Establishment of a complaints procedure for residents to contact the Department to advise of any concerns about the behaviour of boat arrivals on bridging visas and in community detention
Oh, for goodness sake, Scott, all I have to say to this is get a grip on the realities of life!
Is there evidence that the arrangements to date have detracted from public safety? Would security checks have stopped the alleged sexual assault incident from happening? Of course not.
And why? The only justification for any of the above would be if these people were more likely to misbehave than any other member of society – and there is simply not a scintilla of evidence to suggest this is the case.
A Liberal backbencher has accused his party of ”vilifying” asylum seekers after the Coalition immigration spokesman, Scott Morrison, called for ”behaviour protocols” for those released into the community.
The sad part of all this nonsense from Scott Morrison is it somewhat overshadowed the launch by the ASRC of a Right To Work campaign. Go to that site. Support the campaign. This is IMPORTANT, not just for the asylum seekers but for Australia: for Australia to be a humane nation.
Some asylum seekers have a right to work. Boat arrivals, just by virtue of the fact they were on a boat, have no right to work if they arrived after August 13, 2012. Apart from the fact this forces them into poverty and we create an underclass in society, the mental health implications are dramatic. I know this from my husband’s experience. He has written before on this website that volunteer work kept him sane-ish through the dark days in community detention. Now even volunteer work is to be banned.
Asylum seekers are a way to score cheap political points. They have no political power in Australia, they are a group of people politicians can vilify to their heart’s content. I coined a phrase today, potty politics. Because to me, that is exactly what this is. Potty politics.
I wonder, if Scott gets into “power”, will he decide to deport all the Australians who stood up today to be counted?
Twice today I invited Scott to dinner. So far he has not accepted. That is a pity, as it always bothers me when politicians are not willing to learn, especially when it is their own portfolio.
To a certain friend of mine who fears I am trying to bring all the displaced people in the world to Australia (yes, M, you) let me repeat for all readers what I said earlier today. I believe the UN convention is out-dated and needs to be completely revised to take into consideration today’s global situation. We also need a major global push to find solutions. Australian can’t take in 10 million displaced people. However, we can treat the ones we have HUMANELY!!