The answer below to question in the Senate says it all. This Australian government just like its predecessor has played an evil game with refugees. While they scream about “stopping the boats”, they deny refugees any other way. See below- 2009/2010 we took 109 people from the 2000 waiting in Indonesia then after promising Indonesia that we would take 500 before Feb 2011, we did not even meet that target.
This is why refugees are getting on boats with their UNHCR cards in their hands taking a chance with their lives because they know that otherwise they will spend them locked up in Indonesian prisons while Australian politicians kick them around in the media like footballs.
Indonesian officials told us in Feb 2010- Indonesia is the meat in the sandwich- human rights are so bad in Malaysia that people come to Indonesia and then Australia won’t take them.
WHICH AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE THE GUTS TO END THIS WAR ON REFUGEES?
(Question No. 413)
Senator Hanson-Young asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 2 March 2011:
With reference to the Government’s promise to resettle 500 UNHCR registered refugees from Indonesia: Can the Government confirm whether this target has been met; if not (a) how many from the promised 500 have been resettled; and (b) what will be the timeframe for resettling the remaining refugees.
Senator Carr: The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:
(a) The Australian Government resettles UNHCR mandated refugees from a number of locations globally.
In relation to refugees resettled from Indonesia, in the 2009–10 Program year (which runs from 1 July to 30 June), 109 visas were granted to UNHCR mandated refugees under the Humanitarian Program.
In the 2010–11 Program year to 28 February 2011, 457 visas have been granted to UNHCR mandated refugees in Indonesia under the Humanitarian Program.