Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Asylum arrivals should be met with care, not hysteria
We should be caring for the 66 people who arrived in Geraldton yesterday, not using them to score cheap political points and spread baseless concerns within the community, the Australian Greens said today.
"The usual suspects are using this situation to whip up fear and hatred in the community," the Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"Tony Abbott's claims of Australia 'surrendering' and Scott Morrison's declaration that our coast is 'open slather' for asylum seekers are intentionally hyperbolic and clearly not aimed at saving lives at sea.
"The people who arrived on Monday should not be taken to Christmas Island when it would be far cheaper, easier and more humane to process their claims for protection on the mainland.
"I welcome the review into interception protocols but am concerned that there was no coronial inquiry undertaken, as I suggested, two weeks ago when a four-year-old died at sea."