An excellent article on asylum seekers by Ken Parish. I agree with the central argument that queue jumping should be prevented. John Howard was right – Australia should determine who becomes a citizen of Australia.
‘Asylum seekers brought to Christmas Island and found to be genuine refugees should not be automatically granted a visa entitling them to move freely within Australia. Instead they should be given a Christmas/Cocos Islands visa entitling them only to live on one or other of those Australian offshore islands until a place can be found for them in the ordinary offshore humanitarian migration programme’.
Heading into Australian waters should not give anyone the inevitable right to apply for refugee status. This is queue jumping since other applicants under the refugee-humanitarian program do not enjoy this right. It also denies our national soverignty as a nation and places the entire migration program in peril. Opinion polls suggest Australians agree with these views. (173)