In response to Jacinda’s increasing public pressure on the Manus Island torture camp abomination, Australia has ‘leaked’ a bullshit report that Refugees are attempting to jump in boats and sail to New Zealand.
Jacinda’s shrewd response to this politically motivated move by the Australian Intelligence apparatus has been to publicly offer Australia $3million to help with the immediate humanitarian crisis on Manus Island.
Australia don’t have a money issue, but Jacinda offering embarrasses Australia further and by stepping up to the leak instead of backing away after it, Australia are starting to comprehend that the new Government intends to push back for the first time in the ANZUS relationship.
As for the ‘boat people’ leak itself, of all the ridiculous things to fear monger over, the threat of asylum seekers swamping us by boat is surely the most absurd.
The idea these refugees would sail past thousands & thousands of Australian coastline to get to NZ sounds like a tourism advert, not reality. ANYONE who can sail 8000 odd Kilometres to NZ by boat should be made to immediately join Team NZ for the next America’s Cup, not deemed an external threat.
Why, why, why would any refugee (or smuggler for that matter) sail past weeks of Australian coastline just to get to NZ? It’s so illogical it’s embarrassing having to recite it. The second refugees see land they tend to desperately fling themselves at it, to think of these people in poorly built vessels committing to landing in NZ while they sail past Australian coastline for weeks on end is a joke looking for a punchline.
Beyond the ludicrousness of believing refugees are going to sail past Australia to land here, the reality is that the new Government are spoiling for a fight with Australia.
- New Zealand citizens are treated like second class citizens in Australia and it is time to start pushing back on that.
- Australia are exporting by forced rendition NZ citizens for committing crimes in Australia. Many of these criminals have lived their entire life in Australia so their criminal offending is a product of the society they grew up in, not their birth country.
- Beyond Manus Island, Australia are still running torture camps on Nauru Island and Christmas Island.
The vast majority of New Zealanders resent the way Australia treat us and finally having a Government who will stand up to them is actually going to resonate with many voters.
This is a fight for respect that has been building for a long time and Jacinda ain’t for turning.