Quoting "Michael Scott" <luv(a)inoz.net>
On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM, Petros
Quoting "Michael Scott" <
Calling her a blatant liar because she hasn't
personally visited the
centres is a little bit over the top.
No. When she is asked about the "inhumane conditions", Julie Bishop
says in the BBC interview "I have seen it myself", and makes
subsequently claims that are not true.
In which case she's also stupid, but saying she's "seen it herself"
doesn't mean she's seen every centre, but I'll take your word for
her referring to the same things in both cases.
"Well I've visited there," Ms Bishop told the interviewer. "And I'm
satisfied that . . . people are treated appropriately, with dignity."
What "subsequent claims" did she make that
you know to be untrue?
First came the assertion that the claims of asylum seekers ''are
processed in third countries, and then we look for resettlement in
other countries, including in Australia - and we've done this before
and it worked''.
If this were the case, some of the concerns of human rights agencies
would be allayed, but the message to boat arrivals is that they will
never be resettled in Australia.
According to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, the only
resettlement option for those on Manus Island whose refugee claims are
recognised is resettlement in Papua New Guinea, even though this is a
matter of conjecture in PNG. The same, it appears, goes for those on
Then came, ''people are clearly having their applications for asylum
processed there [on Manus and Nauru] and if they are found not to be
genuine asylum seekers, they are returned [home]''.
The problem here is that no determinations on refugee status have been
made - aside from one positive decision on Nauru - and the UN refugee
agency has serious doubts about the capacity of either country to make
determinations and give adequate protection to those who have fled
Finally came a defence of the conditions in the camps, with the
minister asserting that the asylum seekers are treated with dignity
and respect. ''Their children go to school, they have community
centres … the standard of accommodation and the standard of support
they receive, in many instances, is better than that received by the
people of Papua New Guinea''.
Not so, says Sarah Hanson-Young, who has been to Manus and Nauru,
where a combined 2400 asylum seekers are being detained, and Christmas
Island, where another 1700 are being held.
''On Christmas Island, none of the children are going to school, and
on Nauru, the situation is even worse,'' says the Greens' immigration
spokesperson. ''In the middle of the Nauru compound, there is a tent
where they run activities for the children for two hours a day, and
that's it. There is no proper education and no dedicated learning
space, let alone 'schooling'.''
When Ms Bishop was asked about the discrepancies, she said she was
referring to the past practice of resettling in third countries and
Australia. She then referred other questions to Mr Morrison.
Well, she was not asked about the past, wasn't she?
What she is doing in London is trying to cover up inexcusable
inhumanity by blatant lying.
In case you agree with this treatment - take a rifle and shot your
Otherwise pressure your government. Take their word and make the
picture of human treatment reality: processing, resettlement,