No wonder Rahaf Alqunun chose Canada.

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The Saudi teen who escaped the punitive Saudi Arabia and her abusive family has chosen to accept the Canadian PM Trudeau’s welcoming offer to travel to Canada and  right now is on a Korean plane.

I suppose the moaning by Australia, especially by the Dutton potato face must have put her off. There were calls for her not to be allowed ‘queue jumping’ and that ‘proper course’ would have to be followed, must have given doubt to this teen about the Australian stance on refugees. No doubt as an educated girl she would also have known about the terror of Manus and Nauru.

Another nail in the coffin for Australia’s reputation as a country that fights for human rights.



19 Responses to “No wonder Rahaf Alqunun chose Canada.”

  1. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    Yes, Canada has shown that it does, outwardly at least, have a more humane stance on matters of this sort. Good luck to this young lady. And now, I wonder, what’s happening to the soccer player marooned in Thailand? Marise Payne is apparently ‘negotiating’ but as far as I’m concerned, his situation has gone on far too long.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Canada understood the plight of this girl and took quick action in welcoming her. Her father and brother were in Bangkok and with the killing of the journalist a few months ago by shadowy Saudi figures it was imperative to deal with it quickly. In the meantime Australia was as usual being churlish about this poor girl with saying ; ‘this will take some time while proper procedures will follow. We can’t give special treatment etc.’
      Australia had a wonderful opportunity to gain back some good international reputation by quickly assuring this girls safety and bringing her to Australia. It chose not to!


  2. gerard oosterman Says:

    Thank you, Mr Trudeau.


  3. gerard oosterman Says:

    As always, a smarter PM. Mr Trudeau, took the opportunity to gain the upper hand in taking swift action in granting her a visa, while here in Australia a sullen and backwards looking PM Scott Morrison refused to even respond to questions why her application was being dragged along for days when her safety was being compromised in Thailand.

    ” Ms Alqunun went to the Australian embassy in Bangkok on Wednesday and completed the visa application.

    But Australian officials confirmed to the ABC that her case was still being processed as of late Friday.

    Meanwhile, there was growing concern within the UNHCR over Ms Alqunun’s security as she remained in Bangkok.

    With these security fears in mind, she was taken to the Canadian embassy in Bangkok on Friday morning. Her visa was processed within several hours and she was booked on a flight to Canada in the afternoon.

    Ms Alqunun, while being overjoyed at being safe and headed to a third country, had still hoped to come to Australia where her close friends are.

    A spokesperson for Prime Minister Scott Morrison declined to comment on Ms Alqunun’s Canadian resettlement to the ABC.”


  4. freefall852 Says:

    Something VERY DRAMATIC will have to be done if Labor gains office to look into that department’s behaviour and record…along with so many other “corrupt” authorities….it’s so eye-wincingly sad!


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the present department for immigration in Australia is so steeped in suspicion with anything of foreign origin or non-English speaking people with strange dietary habits that it should be renamed, ‘The department of aussi-aussi, oi, oi,oi.’

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  5. berlioz1935 Says:

    I think Dutton will make sure she is not using Canada as a backdoor into Australia. I’m surprised people still want to come here voluntarily. Haven’t they. heard of Dutton’s black-shirted goons?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Very good, Peter. I hope I will live long enough to finally see Dutton being dealt with. I am not vindictive normally, but try as I might to see him in a reasonable light, I must confess I keep getting those dark thoughts.

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  6. leggypeggy Says:

    Clever girl.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    OH, I wish her well! I’m glad to see a country doing the right thing and inviting her to take up residence there! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  8. Curt Mekemson Says:

    And kudos to Canada, Gerard!

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  9. freefall852 Says:

    ” There is something punishing about Australia, I have yet to put my finger on why that is so.”…….. There is a class of people in Australia..a class that was educated in the belief that THEY represented, if only in their own tiny vanities, the ruling aristocracy of the United Kingdom…You see their names on country towns, rivers, streets of major cities..anywhere they could implant their imprimateur that designated that THEY were the founders and builders of this “Empire in the Sth Pacific”….and like any cluster of fools, the only way they can “cement their authority” is by acting out THEIR theatrical version of tyranny against those more vulnerable..

    As Theodore Mommsen once wrote..: “In truth, it is because Don Quixote is a fool that he is a tragic figure. It is an affecting fact, that on that world stage, on which so many great and wise men had moved and acted, the fool was destined to give the epilogue.”

    Australia is moving toward the close of an era with these fools trying to make a last-grasp attempt at relevency…and if they are not totally decimated in the next election…NOT only because thay have no vision for the future, but more importantly because they have such a disgraceful record of their past actions…then the nation and the people will go down together in deserved ignominy.

    And I think I will move back to Italy!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We have had visiting family and medical journeys preventing quicker replies, Jo.

      Punishment and severe punishment well above the norm drove Australia to overcomes those first few decades of colonisation.
      When early squatters were given land rights the term ‘squattocracy’ was coined.

      With time they became rich and they started to Lord it over others. They became well known families who names till this day still hold power over the less well off. Private schools, that dreadful educational system inherited from England takes care that this division will stay on forever.

      Patrick White understood this very well and till this day he is still somewhat vilified in his disdainful way of writing about the ludicrous way Australian society evolved.
      I don’t know the answer.

      One would have thought that Australia with its multitude of foreigner born had evolved a progressive mentality instead of the present stodginess and relishing forever in what has been.


  10. freefall852 Says:

    On the status of refugees..:

    This response was posted by me on The AIMN earlier this year as part of a heated discussion on the board about the status of refugees…: Were they “real” refugees or were they “economic” refugees?…
    What is termed; a refugee?
    ” I come into this conversation late as last night I was doing my best to avoid the study as that is also where the tele is and my better half likes to watch Q&A…and I can’t stand it!….So I came in about where someone was querying evidence of refugee status of the young man involved.
    This seems to be the hat that many Australians hang their hat of doubt upon..: Q: “Are they “real” refuges or are they taking advantage of us?”
    What is a refugee?…A woman escaping domestic violence is a refugee…A gender challenged individual escaping torment of their family is a refugee…both are sometimes escaping from a life-threatening situation..but they do not have to flee across borders to do it. So why is a refugee from , say ; Pakistan not staying in India or Thailand or Indonesia, where surely their religion can offer them sympathy instead of fleeing to Australia?..
    Yes..let us ask why many refugees do not seek safe harbour in sympathetic religious nations..
    For the sake of brevity, I will use a “demographic’ we are quite familiar with in this country ..the “German” pioneers who came and settled here from the 1850’s…These pioneers were refugees themselves after the Kaiser structured the “German Federation” to include many areas of Eastern Europe into the greater German Borders. There were many eastern peoples who had neither cultural, spiritual or name connections with the German State..and they paid for it and their situation was betrayed by little more than their surname.
    Many names we here in Aust’ now are familiar with were refugees from oppression back then..Names like Lehman, Modra, Koch (ie), and many others were Wends or Sorbs of Slavanic extraction, not German…some of these names were changed to disguise their original location identification…umlauts were dropped off, vowels or consonants changed or moved..and one never carried papers that could positively identify oneself if you travelled to the west for work as many pogroms were happening where you could be murdered if you had the wrong name…one case was a relative who travelled to Gdansk for work in the shipyards and was murdered because his name identified him as eastern German.. another migrant from after the war I grew up with had a letter removed from their surname as it could be mistaken for a Jewish surname by the Nazis..and on it goes..
    So in reality, in those above mentioned countries that we, as cocooned Aussies consider one and the same are in reality NOT safe harbours, but just more danger…as we identify Kiwis by their dialect, so do other nations..I have a mate, an Italian who grew up here in Oz who travelled to Italy to his home town of his parents near Naples, he went to Rome for a bit of sight-seeing and while there, bought some cherries from a market stall, asking for them in his local dialect..the stall-holder, a Roman, gave him the bag of cherries with the remark : “Here you go sir…cherries…fresh from Naples this morning!”…you see, he had picked his dialect….Even myself on a trip to the Eternal city back in the seventies was shocked at so many beggars and I remarked (in Italian) to a Italian person back at my hotel…: “Where do all these beggars come from!!?”…He grunted and mumbled back ;”Mostly Australia.”
    And as for proof of refugee status..just the act of fleeing from all that is familiar ; family, friends, geography and culture..ease of movement, of slipping on familiar clothing, old shoes for a stroll down the street…Look about your desk there next to your computer…that stub of pencil or pad or paper to casually scribble a note down to remind you of something for later..gone, all the memories ..gone, no past to reflect upon save what you can conjure up in a troubled mind…uncertainty, bad food and health and strangers..all is gone all is enemy…all is a future lost unless one gains that elusive safe harbour and here we are in Australia, a land where we have made even the original occupiers refugees themselves in their own land ..refusing to recognise another in need of a home…
    Shame on us….shame on us.

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