Thursday, June 28, 2012

Aussie High Court rules against 'M'sia Solution'

"I must say it was one of the most questionable and curious High Court decisions in memory. Without the Malaysia arrangement what we have is an improvised, cobbled-together Indonesia arrangement that the Indonesians don't want."

These are immediate response by Senator Carr and others after the Court rejected the 'Malaysian arrangement' for the influx of refugees who are taking advantage of Australia's friendly-and-open-door foreign policy.

There were tears in the House of Senate. Most of the members felt dejected while some tried to seek another outlet to solve the refugees never-ending story.

The comments were part of an emotionally charged debate in the Senate today, where politicians will vote on the asylum seeker Bill that looks set to fail. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young broke down and cried as she spoke about the plight of detainees, while senior Gillard Government frontbencher Chris Evans revealed the legislation challenged some of his 'philosophical' positions.


The Bill revives the Gillard Government's scuttled Malaysia people-swap deal and would allow for offshore processing on Nauru - the opposition's preferred option.

Senator Evans said he was the person who, after Labor was elected in 2007, closed the detention centre on Nauru, and who ended the controversial temporary protection visas.

Senator Hanson-Young cried as she told the story of a 15-year-old Afghan orphan called Hussein, whose sister sacrificed everything she owned so he could have a better life in Australia.

Hussein was one of 500 people locked up on Christmas Island waiting to find out if he was going to be sent back to Malaysia before the High Court quashed the arrangement last year. "Now he is living with a family in Australia, learning English at school and will make "a fine Australian".

Senator Carr says the controversial deal is the best way to achieve both safer borders and the humane treatment of asylum seekers.

"The Malaysian arrangement simply makes sense," he told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

"It's indispensable."

The Labor government needs coalition support to pass a bill that would restore offshore processing and the controversial Malaysia deal.

But the coalition is firmly opposed to the Malaysia deal, arguing any country selected for offshore processing must be a signatory to the UN refugee convention, which would allow its preferred option of Nauru.

The government has offered fresh talks aimed at finding a bipartisan compromise but Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is refusing to negotiate.

Read UNHCR statement on the Malaysia-Australia deal

12 comments:

hj omega said...

their opposition is the main problem.

i think the opposition would like to keep the refugees instead to sending them off to other countries.

malaysia has offered the best deal but the turned it down.

Anonymous said...

i believe our set or arrangement to solve the refugees issue is among the best.

even UNHCR recognised and lauded it as very comprehensive and fair to everybody.

masih di BH said...

jai,

any comment for hisham?

he was part of the team who fought for the right course of action in finding the right set of deal for the refugees.

kudos hisham and KDN!

penangan said...

salam tn,

inilah akibatnya mempunyai pembangkang yang tidak tahu menilai kebaikan sesuatu dasar.

malaysia dan australia sudah memeterai satu perjanjian yang adil dan tidak menyusahkan mana-mana pihak.

malangnya pembangkang australia mempolitikkan isu itu dan mempengaruhi mahkamah tingginya supaya menolak cadangan itu, demi politiknya.

akibatnya, australia yang terpaksa menanggung beban pelarian.

adakah pembangkang kita juga bersifat demikian dalam semua isu?

ex-diplomat said...

correct me if i'm wrong.

we are not even a member for the UNHCR convention yet we are so humanly involved in administering the refugees.

in the past 35 years, we are among the countries that received most refugees from indochina and other parts of the world.

we have been taking up this responsibility without having to depend on other big economies for help.

and here we are again, trapped by the australian opposition who politicised the whole issue.

not fair, isnt it?

Anonymous said...

what a waste of an effort.

the aussie had done their best. blame it on their opposition!

tak tau apa said...

mahkamah tinggi diorang tu suka pelarian kot?

australia kan ke luas, banyak tanah kosong. sebab tu diorang nak isi dengan pelarian.

bagus gak keputusan mahkamah tu.

Anonymous said...

when we signed with the aussie mid last year, their opp had began to protest in the aspect of the number of refugees we will take from them, all muslims.

now they say the policy is more in our favor than australia.

i think they really need to study the agreement (i mean the opp) before making any statement.

Anonymous said...

we are not a signatory to the refugee convention.

so, why must we bother?

pit said...

the best solution is:

they come, make them turn back.

after all, nobody gives a damn about our task in dealing with the refugees.

Anonymous said...

letih kita dibuatnya. kita dah tawarkan pakej terbaik untuk uruskan pelarian tu, diorang pulak main tarik tali.

takyah layan lagi dah!

an arbitrator said...

if they reject our solution, let them find another avenue.

we dont have to meddle with their court's decision.

after all, the refugees are on their land.