Out of sight but not out of mind.

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The plight of the family  threatened by being deported to Shri-Lanka is now reaching its final stage. No matter the outcome, the way this has been dealt with is just symptomatic of our Government’s decline in being humane. I am talking about why it was felt necessary to remove this family to Christmas Island while their case is being dealt with in an Australian Court.  Surely they could have been given a right to remain on the mainland with friends and neighbours with whom they have been living for a number of years. They have two Australian born children and have not committed any crime.

It is just sheer bastardy by the Australian government. How can one see it any other way as inflicting the maximum of punishment on people who have done no wrong? A last minute injunction stopped the plane in mid-air from flying them back to Shri-Lanka. A Court has ruled their case will be heard in due course and it seems likely this might take several weeks.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-49519805

Seeing the case will be heard on the mainland why was it thought necessary to go to the extend in flying this family as far as possible from their friends and supporters to Christmas Island. Christmas Island is part of the Asian Continent and thousands of kilometres form the major cities of Australia. It was formerly used as an Australian detention centre for refugees but is now closed.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/05/biloela-tamil-family-our-daughters-are-scared-on-christmas-island-mother-says

I always thought that the Christian way was pro humane and compassionate. Our PM Scott Morrison  is a fervent Christian who doesn’t shy away from being filmed swaying his arms and jigging about inside his Mormon church. Here is a good opportunity for Scott to practise what he preaches and allow that family to stay in Australia.

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25 Responses to “Out of sight but not out of mind.”

  1. Forestwood Says:

    I too am disgusted that the politicians are not doing what the people of Biloela want. It will cost far more to send them back or house them in detention/fight court cases than to keep them here. So much propaganda from Murdoch media.

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  2. shoreacres Says:

    Some would disagree, but there’s one thing worth noting here: Mormon belief has little to do with orthodox Christian teaching. They’ve done a masterful job of portraying themselves as Christian, but they aren’t. They may be fine, upstanding people, and dedicated to their faith, but Mormonism is not Christianity.

    Also: during a year’s internship in Salt Lake City, I had the opportunity to meet women who’d experienced the truth of this common saying: “Mormons always take care of their own. They just don’t care for anyone else.” Your post brought that to mind.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I read up about the Mormons and if I am not wrong they say that Jesus is really an American. We had a group of young Mormons living in one of our community owned villas. They were young girls and often from New Zealand, America or Pacific Islands. They wanted us to come to ‘cottage meetings’ and talk about history or some general subject. They called themselves sisters. They were invariably smiling and full of cheerfulness. I helped them out a few times with jump-starting their old car. In exchange or perhaps out of sheer generosity they made us chocolate biscuits.
      The males of the Mormons dress very neatly in suits and white shirts, again lots of smiling and much happiness.
      We never went to those meetings. They never cut birch trees or stole our cyclamen. That has to be good in my books!
      Helvi remembers from her student days a group of young Mormons rented a room in her uni-accommodation building, and she got a bit frightened when all of a sudden they started shouting in their own language. A kind of piously induced spontaneous mumbo-jumbo of strange words.
      Give me the simplicity of an honest geranium anytime, Linda.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I have made a mistake in saying that our PM Scott Morrison belongs to the Mormon group. He does not, and instead is a believer in the Pentecostal Church.
      The Mormons do not believe in vocalizing unintelligible utterances like the Pentecostals break into…

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  3. Therese Trouserzoff Says:

    Gez,

    Could not agree more. We live in an era of unprecedented bastardry. And the hoi polloi seem unconcerned that such misery is set upon innocent people. More than that, innocent people who are embraced by a whole town ! And we hapless taxpayers get to fund this expensive outrage. Honestly, Gez, we are ruled by morons.

    I would like to believe that the unspeakable arsehats will have a time explaining themselves to their god, but I do not believe in fairytales. Grimm or otherwise.

    Entrenched bastardry has one useful quality, though, it’s the precursor to many a revolution. One can only hope it happens before the planet goes down the plug hole.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I am buggered where all this evil comes from. I mean it can’t be easy to come up with those plots of inflicting harm on harmless people. They might now be considering waving a million dollars that is owed to the Government by the family for incurring costs to deport/expel them back to Shri-Lanka. ( From the goodness of their hearts.)

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  4. stuartbramhall Says:

    Hopefully they apply for asylum in New Zealand. We’ll take them.

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  5. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    It’s unbelievable that Dutton and Morrison have opened Christmas Island for one little family and put them behind bars there. The cruelty is unspeakable. It has been documented recently that Dutton has made exceptions for people in the past, most notably the two French au pairs.
    The Biloela family has found a place in Australia, in a small town in the country, just as our muttonhead leaders are hoping migrants will do. They have the full support of the townsfolk and should be allowed to stay.
    Btw, I think Scummo’s religion is Pentecostal….happy clappy stuff.

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  6. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    So sad. So much going on in our world today that is lacking compassion, respect, and humanity. 😦
    I studied this once…the fact that almost every religion has a teaching similar to “treat people the way you would want to be treated”…and yet this is not the case with too many religious people. 😦
    HUGS to you and Helvi
    PATS and RUBS to Milo

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  7. algernon1 Says:

    I’m disgusted what this government does in the Australian peoples name. Im disgusted that this Stupid man who is PM claims to be overtly Pentecostal Christian, yet his behavior is more that of a Pharisee.

    Just let them stay.

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  8. berlioz1935 Says:

    I agree with the comments in your post. Isn’t it ironic that the hellhole is called “Christmas Island“?

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  9. freefall852 Says:

    The German writer Heiner Muller composed in 1993 a poem titled “Mommsen’s Block”…about the nineteenth century historian and Nobel Prize winner ; Theodor Mommsen.

    Theodor Mommsen wrote a work of genius with his three volume history of Republican Rome up to Julius Caesar. He had planned and was involved in writing a forth volume to take the record to the time of Empire. But he stopped..and he could not continue because of what was called a “writer’s block”…..in truth, it was something more sinister…not of real-world intrigue, but in the depth of his soul…you see..he was also a government member / administrator of the newly formed German Federation and what he saw in the direction that his beloved German State was going, was a direct correlation to where the Roman Republic State ended up. So the forth volume ended up as nothing more than notes and false starts. You could surmise that he “saw into the future” and he didn’t like what he saw, so couldn’t write about what must have been to him an obvious ending…better not to reveal it at all, : “If ignorance is bliss, t’is folly to be wise!” ?

    I think many of us with a tad more of life – experience and a corporate memory longer than a three-word-slogan know exactly what he felt.

    That’s the problem with history, it tells us there is nothing new under the sun..The likes of the IPA, the LNP, Rupert and co. are nothing new…they are the bacteria that rise in numbers whenever a society becomes “overheated” and enriched with luxury…consider Rome ; rolling in wealth from rapine and plunder of those tribal lands unable to resist the “advance” of the Roman legions…then we get Julius Caesar flooding the Roman market with his ill-gotten gold to break the financial backs and banks of his opponents before overthrowing the govt’….as a point of interest, it was Marcus Cato who wryly commented that ; “Julius Caesar was the first sober man who brought down a govt’ ” …they weren’t lacking in wit ; those Romans!

    What we are seeing is a part of a cycle…a small arc in the circle..born from an imperative hunger for consumption that will end, no doubt and trusting history , in an emergency for environmental disaster!…..you see, THAT was also one of the major catastrophes that destroyed the remnants of the Roman Empire…..The more things change…

    “Now write it out a hundred times!”

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  10. freefall852 Says:

    When one looks at that pic you have at the head of this piece, Gerard…you could rightfully state that you couldn’t get a more pleasing example of an innocent and productive looking couple with children in any period of time in any suburban environment…the perfect looking family…Mum, Dad and the children….to curse and condemn such a family unit to oblivium for no real reason at all is to commit a crime against both the idea of a family unit most revered in any society and then also against humanity itself!..
    Dutton is a monster!

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  11. freefall852 Says:

    Where is everybody?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Everybody is still around but are also having a break. I suppose the change from winter into spring is effecting our compass a little.

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    • auntyuta Says:

      “What we are seeing is a part of a cycle…a small arc in the circle..born from an imperative hunger for consumption that will end, no doubt and trusting history , in an emergency for environmental disaster!…..you see, THAT was also one of the major catastrophes that destroyed the remnants of the Roman Empire…..The more things change…”

      Spot on, Joe!!

      “What we are seeing is a part of a cycle…a small arc in the circle..born from an Weimperative hunger for consumption that will end, no doubt and trusting history , in an emergency for environmental disaster!…..you see, THAT was also one of the major catastrophes that destroyed the remnants of the Roman Empire…..The more things change…”

      Like

  12. auntyuta Says:

    Yes, we, the consumers, all want to live like royalty and do not want to stop living like that even though we ought to know that danger of environmental catastrophes is lurking ……

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