In today’s Sydney Morning Herald: Costly exercise: asylum seekers’ private jet flights cost $5.6m.
Damn those asylum seekers and their expensive joy flights in private jets, paid for by us, the long-suffering taxpayers, and I bet they’re all Muslims too… oh wait, that’s not what the story is about:
THE federal government is spending millions of dollars on private VIP jets to fly asylum seekers between Australian detention centres.
Private and VIP. Bit of overkill there.
Then blah blah blah, and this:
It was reported yesterday that the government had awarded the Palms Motel in Brisbane a $1.2 million contract to house family groups of asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers in a motel? That’s outrageous! Quick, someone hand me my Indignation Hat so I can wear it when waving around my Asylum Seekers Bashing Stick.
The story is about the Federal Government hiring private planes to move asylum seekers between detention centres. THAT is the story. Why are they moving them around? Is there a cheaper way to move them? But no, even the SMH loves to play News Ltd’s stick-the-boot-into-asylum-seekers game.
Some facts about asylum seekers, thanks to GetUp:
* Australia does not take its fair share of refugees – we’re 20th out of 44, and look how bloody huge and wealthy we are. If you look at GDP, we’re 26th;
* 85-98 per cent of those who arrive by boat are found to be genuine refugees;
* Asylum seeker numbers today are low compared to 2001 (interest rates were higher too, but that doesn’t stop people having a whinge about them now);
* Temporary protection visas did little to stop people claiming asylum in Australia;
* Seeking asylum in Australia is not illegal, so therefore asylum seekers are not “illegal immigrants”.