Turn-Back Policy ‘Will Stop the Boats’, Says People Smuggler

Jessica Wright, Sydney Morning Herald, February 3, 2014

A convicted people smuggler believes the Abbott government’s hard-line policy of turning back the boats is working as a deterrent for both people smugglers and those seeking passage by boat to Australia.

Dawood Amiri spoke to Fairfax Radio’s Neil Mitchell by phone from his jail cell in an Indonesian prison and claimed corrupt Indonesian police, immigration officials and navy personnel were aiding and profiting from the people smuggling trade.

The Afghan national said people smugglers and their clients were being put off by the prospect of being turned back at sea by the Royal Australian Navy.

Asked if he believed the Abbott government’s controversial policy of “turning back the boats” would work, Amiri replied: “Of course it will work, it is working.

“It will stop the boats from Indonesia to Australia”, he said.

“[The threat of being turned back at sea coupled with the risk of the voyage] will stop the boats coming. As far as I know, people smugglers have made their money and they will stop.”

A single journey to Australia cost between $1500 to $5000, he said.

It is understood that as part of the Coalition government’s Operation Sovereign Borders policy the Royal Australian Navy and Border Patrol officials have turned back or performed tow-backs on up to 10 boats that have entered Australian territorial waters since December.

Amiri is serving a six-year sentence in a Jakarta prison after playing a direct role in sending up to five boats of asylum seekers to Australia and for a minor role in organising the fatal journey of a boat that sank off Christmas Island in June 2012 in which 96 people died.

Amiri said he was guilt-stricken over the 96 people who had drowned during the fatal voyage which he had “indirectly” organised.

“I feel for their lives,” he said.

Having himself fled from war-torn Afghanistan, Amiri was firm in his assessment whether those who paid for a perilous passage to Australia on rickety fishing boats were genuine or economic refugees.

“Of course they are genuine, of course,” he said. “There are too many target killings, too many killings in [some countries ]. They have no choice but to run.

“People fear for their lives.”

Amiri also made claims of corruption against members of the Indonesian police, custom and immigration officials and Indonesian Navy officers saying many were directly profiteering from the people smuggling trade.

There was not a single recorded boat arrival in January, making it the quietest period in boat arrivals in six years.

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  • Herman

    What does Australia say?
    They are 25 miliion people living close to 4 billion people.
    They better hope the Navy does the job.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Stationing a couple of Army divisions along the US Mexican border and sending Guard/Reserve units there for annual training would help with our situation too.

    • Charles W.

      The US Army is now full of Mexicans.

  • Herman

    The security “fence” for Israel also seems to be working.

    • NoMosqueHere

      Now Israel needs to focus on expelling the vicious muslim terrorists who are illegally occupying their land, and tell the muslim fiend Obama to go screw himself.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        They’re still stuck with those fake-o black Jews…

        Weez beez Joos! Heps us Izrael! Shalom an’ sh!t!

        • Corto

          As if the white skinned thieves have any claim to the blood of Abraham, a brown skinned Middle Easterner from what is now Iraq.

          Israel itself is a deception.

          • NoMosqueHere

            Can you not write proper english, or are you a little bit retarded?

          • NeanderthalDNA

            70 IQ is borderline.

          • foundingstockcracker

            Remember before about ’65 when 85 was considered the threshold of mental retardation?

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Really? Ha Ha! What happened? Before 65 was before my time. Never heard of that. For real?

          • NeanderthalDNA

            He spiffed up the grammar, lol…

            Understands the “edit” tool, it seems, HA HA!

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Ook ook ookity ook?

          • foundingstockcracker

            Ever read ‘The Song of Solomon’? Go back to reading about how the White man stole Europe from the Blacks or some such drivel.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Check out my reply, below. Probly laid it on too thick for Amren’s sensibilities, so dig it while it’s up, lol…

          • foundingstockcracker

            I apparently have hurt the sensibilities of C. of C.C. I believe I’m under constant moderation. I think it’s due to their belief in bringing the brudahs to Jebus and me making comments contrary to that false hope. Can’t keep a sub-human away from voodoo and jemkin.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Chimp on, brother!

  • borogirl54

    I applaud the Australians for not kowtowing to the liberals. What I do not understand is why these people are not satisfied to stay in Indonesia and apply for asylum there. Isn’t it a Muslim country and most of these asylum seekers are Muslim?

    • benvad

      Because they know they’ll have to work to survive. No benefits means no free ride.

    • IstvanIN

      Maybe the Indonesians have enough home-grown problems.

    • foundingstockcracker

      Actually the Indonesians have threatened the Aussie Navy about pushing the boats back across their border.

      • GM (Australia)

        Sadly there is no love lost between Indonesia and Australia. I feel that Australia has done a lot to outreach to Indonesia at every level but I feel they just don’t like us, their very wealthy still mainly white neighbour. A typical example of this is the extreme prison sentences and general mistreatment given to any Australian who breaks the law in Indonesia. Example; 20 years plus, or the death sentence for drug possession or trafficking compared with a 4 or 5 year sentences for Muslim terrorists or people smugglers who have been responsible for large numbers of deaths. The terrorists who bombed a nightclub in Bali where 88 Australians were murdered are still regarded as heroes in Indonesia.
        Indonesia has a lot of poverty, poor infrastructure, few jobs and no welfare. No refugee, genuine or otherwise would want to stay there and Indonesia does not want them.
        As for their threats against the Australian Navy, just let them try! But really, we do want to be good neighbours with Indonesia.

        • foundingstockcracker

          I checked on the size of the Indonesian military, quite surprised. 15th vs. 18th for Au. Doesn’t speak of quality though.

  • Spartacus

    “There was not a single recorded boat arrival in January, making it the quietest period in boat arrivals in six years.”


    That’s good news ! Now you have to figure out how to get rid of the ones already there .

  • D.B. Cooper

    Many years ago (1999ish??), I read an article about an overcrowded boatload of refugees from Bangladesh trying to reach Vietnam for asylum. The Vietnamese navy was sent to intercept.
    After being warned to turn back, the boat refused, so it was torpedoed.
    From over 100 refugees (in a boat built for 30), only 8 survived to tell the tale.
    For obvious reasons, it’s not the kind of story our networks want us to know about.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      That must have been a lightweight torpedo, a heavy-weight torpedo could break a cruiser in two and would leave no survivors. Not when 600 to 800 pounds of high explosives explode a few feet under the sort of vessel “refugees” are using to invade other nations.

  • benvad

    I would sink every boat regardless of whose on it. I would intentionally harm any intruder regardless of age or gender, because this is only an invasion, that will destroy the host (Australia).

  • Alfred the Great

    A mission of the United States Navy is to defend the country. They should be off of our coasts doing just that, with assistance from the Coast Guard. The difference is that this is nothing short of a war and that’s why the Navy should be the lead and not the Coast Guard, which is strictly a law enforcement agency and not a military service department. If you don’t agree, look up the mission of the Coast Guard and you can read their mission statement for yourself.

    • shmo123

      I’d settle for some reliable speed boats patrolling the Rio Grande and sending the Mexicans back.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Crikey, that Abbott’s got some fair dinkum common sense, mate! That’d be nice to see here in the U.S.

  • David Ashton

    “Sovereign Borders” – sounds good.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    I think it’s time for white nations to start blowing these invader’s boats out of the water if they do not stop or reverse course after their one warning shot across the bow.

    • IstvanIN

      Italy needs to do this. And needs to start mass deportations.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Send the Russkie navy there. Look up “Russian Navy Somali Pirates” on youtube for some fun…

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Send in the Russians and they won’t be using mini-guns, they will be blowing up 5-inch shells over their heads, while hosing the vessels down with storms of 30mm cannon shells.

  • MBlanc46

    Most of ours don’t come on boats. But however they come they could and should be turned back.

  • Charles W.

    Don’t get your hopes up for Australia. For every illegal third worlder they turn away, they let in three legally and then pay them to have kids (seriously).

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      This is true. Abbott doesn’t want to stop the massive third world immigration to Australia, only the illegal migration. In truth, Australians are not morally obligated to obey their government. They have every right to stop paying taxes to corrupt and murderous officials who use this federal revenue to subsidize the destruction of Australian society. If the white man is to survive in Australia, he must end all participation in an obviously rigged political system. The sole purpose of this system is the ethnic cleansing and race replacement of native Australians with third world foreigners.

      When will Australian whites be able to release themselves from the chains of a despotic government that threatens to bury them alive under a tidal wave of mass third world immigration? I am convinced that only a catastrophe can save Australia now.

      • tabsa

        And once they’re in, they’ll breed you out. South Africa is the perfect example. They streamed INTO our country from up North during Apartheid to work on the mines. And we created the perfect conditions for them to multiply exponentially. Free health care, free housing… Yeah, separate queues and beaches, but it was still better than living in other African shitholes.

        Between 1996 and 2011, the white population in South Africa increased by 152 141 people. In the same period, the black population increased by just under 10 million. That is excluding illegal immigrants (some say about 9 million since the ANC took over) and despite AIDS. Around 250 000 people (99.9% black) die of AIDS every year according to UNAids.

        To give you a scarier example in white/black ratios:

        My father’s generation – 3:1
        My generation (early thirties) – 10:1
        My 3 year old’s generation – 20:1

        But our brothers and sisters in English-speaking countries would still rather let in uneducated, uncultured third-world savages with completely incompatible cultures. After all, if they favoured us, it would be racist…