The heat on Manus and Nauru.


While a seventh man has now died on Manus island, the chorus of protests is growing. The aim of this Governments has always been never to let refugees into Australia that tried to come by boat. They conveniently forget that, unless of aboriginal ancestry, we all came by boat.

With the upcoming bi- election of several federal seats and a general election looming, The abominable way those refugees are being treated is now getting to a growing awareness of voters. Savvy politicians will try and take advantage of it. If not out of a softening of their stance or because of a pure humanitarian concern, but out of practical political awareness.

You can only sweep so much rubbish under the carpet. The news about the horrendous treatment by Australia about those refugees locked on Manus and Nauru now into their fifth year is being soaked up by many countries. It will damage our reputation for years to come. You cannot excuse trying to achieve an aim ( preventing boat people from seeking asylum) by punishing thousands by locking them up indefinately on foreign islands.

The seventh refugee to die (by jumping from a moving bus) is now being remembered by a memorial on Manus Island. Have a look.

Two of the bi-elections are in WA which are contested by Labor and the Greens only. The Greens are strongly opposed to our present abominable refugee policies and totally in favour of dealing with refugees on-shore in Australia. One wonders if Labor too now will soften their stance on refugees. If not, many might well vote for the greens.

New Zealand is also willing to take some of the refugees which the present Government is strongly opposing. It seems that our minister for immigration, Peter Dutton, hopes for all the refugees to slowly give up and die or follow the latest refugee, and commit suicide.

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Peter Dutton. Minister for immigration and Border Protection

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26 Responses to “The heat on Manus and Nauru.”

  1. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    I totally agree with your point of view. This is a terrible blight on Australia’s reputation, and the very sight of Dutton upsets me greatly.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      It will follow Australia like a bad smell. Dutton has to be made responsible in a Court of Justice.
      There is just no excuse for treating refugees so bad in order to prevent others from trying to seek refuge away from the bombings and killings that we are inflicting.
      No one wants to leave their home-country.

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  2. leggypeggy Says:

    Excellent post. Fitting pic of Mr. Potato Head.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Andrew Says:

    Is he on the left or the right?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. DisandDat Says:

    Excellent blog. I hope that one day soon all remaining refugees will be treated with more respect and be at peace with some freedom they strive for. A new environment and decent housing. They are only to keen to work, pay taxes and contribute to our multi cultural society. Maybe the next federal election will see the end of that Dutton bloke. Keeping Australia safe ! Who are they kidding. On top of that he has a budget without a bottom line. His stupid policies is costing us plenty for no real reason. So short sighted, so sickening, so selfish and also so illegal. Wake up Dutton. How can you sleep at night.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      My parents came here to find a better future. But, I bet they never expected that their children, looking back, will find the horrors of how the refugees were dealt with, staring them from the pages of Australian history books.

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  5. urban liaisons Says:

    Unbelievable and a shame! My wife is teaching every day German to migrants mostly from the war-zones of the Middle-East. Their personal viographies are partly and more often incredibly governed by violence and trauma. They need help what a lot of countries are not willing to give. Sometimes I feel that mankind has not learnt anything from the past.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      There are countries that do the best to help refugees.

      Australia with being the least populated continent and prosperous is ideally placed to show the world their generosity and empathy towards the plight of those driven away from home and hearth by bombing and wars.

      We, in Australia, are not desperate seeking refuge clinging on leaky boats, but only by the sheer luck of our birth, nothing else…

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      • urban liaisons Says:

        The people quite often simply forget or ignore forget that migration is an important part of human history otherwise we would still sit under a tree somewhere in Africa.


  6. Master of Something Yet Says:

    It’s appalling. Did you know that someone from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne rang the wife of Salim (the man who died) to offer comfort only to discover she hadn’t even been told he’d died. Dutton had made sure the papers had been fed a negative story of the man but hadn’t even bothered to notify his family.

    In more positive news, I read this week that the Victorian Labor Party is to debate a motion to bring all remaining asylum seekers to Australia and end off-shore detention at their next conference. Perhaps we might see a move in federal Labor’s stance also.

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  7. stuartbramhall Says:

    It’s such a pity your government won’t let us take them in New Zealand.


  8. Therese Trouserzoff Says:

    I noticed that the CFMEU and AMWU shut down debate on closing Manus and Christmas Island detentions at the Vic conference today. I guess that means at least one Green win in WA. There must be a lot of redneck voters in the Super Saturday by-elections.

    Wheels within wheels. Pretty sure the light on the hill just went out.


  9. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Important post, Gerard! I agree fully!
    This happening is horrible, sad, angering. 😦
    We have way too many Potato-Heads ruling the world these days. 😦
    PS…I’m back to blogging after 6 days of a very full house of family. 🙂


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