Will the Refugees on Nauru be allowed into Australia?

Inside the race for Wentworth

Inside the race for Wentworth

A storm is brewing in Sydney’s fanciest suburbs, where some lifelong Liberal voters have told the ABC they are preparing to break ranks for the first time at the looming Wentworth by-election.

It is a fair bet, and I hope it will, that this blue-ribbon seat will go to the independent Kerryn Phelps. This Liberal seat was last held by our former Prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who was  sacked a few weeks ago by his own party. The present PM, Scott Morrison is a fervent Pentecostal  believer holding anti SSM opinions. He is now fighting to keep a law in place that will allow Government funded private religious schools keep the right to sack gay or LBGTQ teachers. This has caused a furore in Australia whose residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of Same Sex Marriage less than a year ago. The seat of Wentworth has been held by the Liberals since Federation.

This Prime Minister also proudly displays a small trophy on his desk showing a metal coloured boat, backed by a timber board with the lettering, “we stopped the Boats.”Mr Morrison is mightily proud he was so successful in keeping thousands of refugees on several off-shore islands, including the small island nation of Nauru. As you all know, the tragedy of those that have spent years on those islands have been subjected to the worst torture of all, the loss of all hope. Last week the Government of Nauru kicked out the only few remaining people volunteering for Medicine Sans Frontières who helped the refugees with their unimaginable plight of staying alive.

The residents of Wentworth, although traditionally liberal, do hold a much more progressive ideology and were second of having the most votes in favour of SSM. They also do not like the way both the Liberals and the Labor party keep refusing to abide by international law to allow refugees, irrespective of their mode of travel, to be dealt with humanely and on-shore. There is now an increasingly growing disquiet about the plight of refugees held off-shore. It has become a large issue in Wentworth and the rest of Australia. People are concerned about the international consequences of flaunting international law.

Will Australia say ‘I am sorry’ in a few years time? Please read the link below.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/14/kerryn-phelps-urges-wentworth-voters-to-use-byelection-to-protest-inhumane-refugee-policies

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19 Responses to “Will the Refugees on Nauru be allowed into Australia?”

  1. leggypeggy Says:

    The situation in Nauru is deplorable.

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  2. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    I am waiting with great anticipation for this by-election. I hope the people of Wentworth see sense, but I fear generations of Liberal ideals will come to the fore on the day. There is nothing I would like to see more than this bunch of cruel, unthinking ideologues get their comeuppance. What I don’t understand is how, in polls, Morrison is the preferred PM. How can people fall for that false bonhomie? Did you see 7.30 last night? Graphic scenes of the conditions on Nauru. Just appalling.

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  3. Curt Mekemson Says:

    “Loss of moral compass…” Seems to be an International problem Gerard. Western nations have played a large role in creating the refugee problem. Our solution: Lock down our borders. Good luck in the election. Maybe you will inspire America. –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The Australian Government is just dripping with revenge against asylum seekers, Curt.
      We are talking about over a hundred children in detention on Nauru. Some have been born there. After a long time they become catatonic, unable to respond to any stimulation. A few have become suicidal.
      This tragedy will haunt Australia for years to come.

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      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        Sad, sad times, Gerard. Like ripping babies out of the arms of their mothers at the US/Mexico Border and separating them. Outcry led Trump to back off but now he is thinking about reviving the policy. –Curt

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  4. bkpyett Says:

    Thanks Gerard for keeping this issue before the public. We can only hope that this election will show the discontent of the people. At least the previous PM worked with the poor at the Way Side Chapel, showing concern for the less lucky, serving Christmas dinners to the poor. Let’s hope this government is thrown out so that common sense can prevail. We must bring these refugees to Australia. Interesting that Malcolm Turnbull’s son is working to throw this government out too.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We can’t wait for Saturday evening to watch the election live on TV with Anthony Green giving his expert opinion.
      Morrison is under siege from all sides. He is hoping than his prancing about wearing Rugby outfits will make him ‘one of the boys’.
      Our hope is with the youth of Australia who might bring a more progressive stance to come forth. Did you watch last night’s Q&A with the wonderful American economist Jeffrey Sachs? What we would not give to have a PM like him. Mr Sachs holds the title of University Professor, the highest rank Columbia bestows on its faculty.

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  5. bkpyett Says:

    We’re waiting with great anticipation to watch the election results, too. Here’s hoping! I didn’t see Q&A this week, though I find it best when it is politician free! It’s refreshing when there are thought provoking comments. Keep up the good work, Gerard!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We can’t wait for Saturday to arrive. Even the news from Channel 9 predicts that the latest poll shows the Wentworth seat will go to Kerryn Phelps.
      Things in Nauru are coming to a head. The Australian doctor who has the job of providing care to the refugees has been told to leave Nauru. Apparently she too has been leaking information about the perilous situation the refugees are in.

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  6. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    The Nauru is so alarming and awful and sad. 😦
    Best wishes to the people of Australia for a good outcome in the election and in what needs to be done.
    (((HUGS)))

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you Carolyn.
      The children on Nauru need to be taken away and cared for in Australia. Nauru is a country the size of an airport and used to live of exporting bird-shit ( phosphates) that was deposited there for thousands of years. The island’s population and government now is largely dependent on the income from warehousing refugees paid for by the Australian Government.

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  7. stuartbramhall Says:

    Did you see this post? Apparently Australian lawyers and doctors are being denied access to the refugees on Nauru?

    https://undercoverinfo.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/australian-lawyers-and-doctors-seek-international-help-to-rescue-refugees-detained-on-nauru/#like-11589

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  8. Forestwood Says:

    Deplorable situation indeed. How long can it continue? This government needs to be ousted.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      This Government is on the nose and so is Australia’s international reputation. Its policy on locking up refugees that came by boat is monstrous. It thumps its nose to international obligations and is no better than Trump.

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