An article in the Sunday Age of 6 JULY 2014 by Alastair Nicholson, a retired judge is indicative of how many of us are seething with fury at the actions of federal governments in Australia relating to asylum seekers. The article is reproduced from the newspaper underneath my angry article and my petition.
There are 226 people who sit as parliamentarians in the Australian federal parliament in Australia.
150 of those sit in the lower house - the house of representatives (sic).
76 sit in the upper house - the senate.
The Aboriginal or indigenous population of Australia ( according to current statistics) is about 3 per cent of the population of about 24 million as at 2014. So the estimated number of people who consider themselves to be connected to the Aboriginal communities is about 720 thousand.
Translating these figures to the numbers of Aboriginal-identifying Australians would indicate that the proportion in the federal parliament should be 7 people.
At the present time - July 2014 - information is that there is one person of Aboriginal origin in the federal parliament.
Of the total number of 226, some were born in Australia of Australian-born parents, some were born in Australia of overseas-born parents, and some were, themselves, born overseas.
As there are about 24 million people in Australia, of which about 720,000 are members of the First Australians population, this means that about 23 1/4 million people in Australia have origins from other countries.
We thus have most of these people declaiming to the world that Australia will not allow a few thousand desperate refugees into this country because, to quote a previous prime ministerial bigot and his fellow parliamentarians - and what has changed in the last 10 years? - "WE WILL DECIDE WHO COMES TO THIS COUNTRY AND THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY COME!"
At the moment and at any other given time, statistics indicate that there are enormous numbers of people in Australia who do not have legal rights to be in this country. If the numbers are anything to be relied on, they far outnumber the people who are desperately clinging to sinking boats fleeing from such countries as Sri Lanka, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and many other countries where their lives are under constant threat because of the human rights abuses perpetrated against minorities and other groups in their countries of origin.
...........and this in a country where the so-called foreign minister goes to another country of human rights abuses and is ready to lecture that government about human rights.
As they say in modern vernacular - "GIVE US A BREAK!!!!!"
This country is trying to outdo many other countries such as the United States of America, Israel, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Greece when it comes to our treatment of refugees and our increasing population numbers of right-wing, reactionary, bigoted, racist, sexist, and human rights abuses people.
The main stream media aid and abet this travesty of justice and human rights.
It is becoming intolerable and unbearable!
And this is the country that practises apartheid on a scale as grand as Israel's!
CLOSE ALL CONCENTRATION CAMPS NOW AND FOREVER!
Stop Australian Incarceration of Asylum Seekers
Target: Australians and International communities
Sponsored by: Mannie De Saxe, Lesbian and Gay Solidarity, Melbourne
Australia is trying to negotiate an off-shore solution to Asylum Seekers coming to Australia in boats which are not seaworthy, and which have already been responsible for many drownings offshore. The latest attempt is the so-called Malaysian solution involving Australia sending 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia in exchange for 2000 refugees in Malaysia.
Both the Australian Government and its parliamentary Opposition are demonising people fleeing desperate situations in their countries of origin, mainly because of Australian military intervention in those countries.
The total numbers of asylum seekers trying to enter Australia is a miniscule number in terms of refugees and asylum seekers around the world, and most of the people in Australia illegally have arrived by plane!
Australia is signatory to United Nations conventions on refugees but is ignoring these UN documents in its political attempts to stop the demonised "boat people" ever setting foot in Australia.
Help to obtain justice for Asylum Seekers in desperate situations.
The situation has worsened with the federal government reopening the concentration camps on Nauru and Manus Island.
Get the government to close these camps now.