Australia’s Rigid Immigration Barrier

Gabrielle Appleby, New York Times, May 8, 2015

In April, after the deaths of nearly 900 migrants attempting to reach Europe by boat, Australia’s conservative prime minister, Tony Abbott, urged European governments to adopt his country’s hard-line stance. The sentiment echoed a comment he’d made weeks earlier: that only his administration could resist “the cries of the human rights lawyers.”

The Abbott government’s strategy is to treat asylum-seekers who arrive by boat so terribly that they simply give up. Unconstrained by a bill of rights, Canberra has implemented a suite of harsh policies to this end. And now Parliament is considering two bills that could further toughen the country’s stance.

Central to Australia’s policies is the navy’s authority to intercept and return boats carrying asylum-seekers to countries like Indonesia, where they live in legal limbo, and Sri Lanka, where they may face government prosecution or worse. Those who do reach Australian territory are sent to privately run detention centers on the impoverished Pacific island states of Papua New Guinea and Nauru, where conditions are notoriously poor. As of March 31, 124 children were in immigration detention in Australia; 103 on Nauru.

Canberra spends millions publicizing these policies abroad: Newspaper ads, posters and even a TV movie warn those desperate enough to attempt the hazardous boat journey that they “will not make Australia home.”

Last September, in return for $31 million in development assistance, Cambodia agreed to accept refugees held on Nauru, provided they consented to the transfer. Refugees have been told of Cambodia’s “wealth of opportunity,” and offered resettlement packages in exchange for volunteering. But the pitch is a fantasy. In November, Human Rights Watch reported on Cambodia’s failure to support refugees already living there; the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has also expressed concern about Cambodia’s treatment of asylum-seekers.

Canberra, undeterred by the human cost, is pushing legislation that would further entrench these programs. One bill, likely to be voted on this month, would make operational a permanent Australian Border Force in the Department of Immigration. To be fully established by July, this force would oversee the interception and return of boats carrying asylum-seekers; its commissioner would have the same standing as the chief of the Australian Defense Force.

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The second piece of legislation before Parliament would give officers in Australia’s privately run immigration centers exceptional powers to use “reasonable force” against detainees, effectively with impunity. This would be authorized not just to protect the life, health or safety of others, but to “maintain the good order, peace or security” of a facility. These powers, possibly involving lethal force, could be invoked to suppress legitimate, nonviolent protests.

Officers deemed to have utilized force “in good faith” would receive legal immunity. {snip}

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{snip} According to the U.N.H.C.R., there were 1.2 million asylum-seekers worldwide in 2013. That year, Australia saw its greatest number of asylum-seekers arriving by boat: about 20,000. {snip}

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In January, a poll by an Australian media research firm found that 58 percent of Australians considered the country’s position on asylum-seekers either appropriate or too soft; only 26 percent thought it too tough.

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  • Tannenbaum

    “Asylum seekers; refugees.” What ever happened to Illegal Aliens? Oh, wait, this is from the New York Times. Never mind.

    • Cid Campeador

      Pretty soon the White Australians will be “seeking asylum”.
      How many White Australian girls have been sexually assaulted by Middle Easterners. The same situation, if not worse, exists in the UK as well.
      We have a similar situation with our home grown Mau Mau and the stream of Mexican and Central Americans many of whom are “Sex Criminals” to quote Mrs. Wolowitz (RIP)

      • Samuel Hathaway

        Sex criminals, indeed. The Norte Digital site, in Juarez City, Mexico published an article this week about a man detained for raping two girls, age 4 and 5. Another one included a dumb mother who took her daughter, age 13 to the home of her 23 year old music tutor, who then raped her.

    • SentryattheGate

      Illegal have to sneak in, whereas asylum refugees openly enter our countries, ask for asylum and immediately qualify for all benefits. When Americans resisted talk of more amnesty (especially after being promised in 1986 that there would be no more), the UN and our internal traitors changed the wording to refugee (which avoids the amnesty word).

  • Rigid? It’s not rigid enough, with Chinese and Asian money pricing native born whites out of Sydney.

    • Chip Carver

      Even more insidious is the fact that the Asian governments themselves are funding some of the buyers, it isn’t only wealthy Asians.

      Australia’s rules certainly aren’t that rigid – they aren’t what they should be, but what the usual suspects want is for there to be no rules at all when it comes to keeping out non-whites.

    • LeonNJ

      If you’re Chinese and you got some extra money, then come on down! You’re the next contestant on ‘Who Wants to Make Sydney Look like Beijing’!

      • SentryattheGate

        Like Vancouver, Seattle, etc., the Chinese invaded, bought up blocks of apartments and put up the signs: For rent, to Asians ONLY!

        • InAFreeCountry

          All Hell would be raised if it were White or Christian only.

          • archer

            Canada has gone European with anti hate laws, you would be in serious trouble if you advertised whites only.

        • wildfirexx

          Yes…this is blatant discrimination against non-asians, mainly whites.
          So where is the backlash ?

          • SentryattheGate

            Political correctness has emasculated too many Whites!

    • Illidan Stormragge

      Illegal immigration should be treated as an invasion of sovereignty and warrants deadly force. Otherwise they’ll keep coming back even if you throw them out.

    • nordicman

      Well, it’s a start. As things get worse, you’ll see and hear more speaking out and our people will unite and push back. You’re already seeing resistance in Europe, even more than here in America.

    • MathMan

      Same here in London.

  • I’m not a religious man but I can’t find anything else to say but God Bless Australia.

    • George Moriarty

      Basically Australia is still a white Anglo nation. Most diversity occurs in our cities. Even today, a typical remark you will hear from many Australians goes something like this, “You would never get me living in Sydney with all those foreigners there…”
      Yes, Prime Minister Abbott did stop the illegals coming by boat. We still have illegals coming by way of student visa abuse, tourist visa over stayers and very questionable asylum claims.
      We then have legal migration which as I have pointed out many times previously is allowing this country to be flooded with Chinese, Indians and Muslims, most of whom want to live in our capital cities, Sydney in particular. We also have to take in African refugees as dictated by the UNHCR.
      I gather that the NYT is on the same side as the UNHCR. I would also suggest that neither organisation knows much about Australia.

      • Susannah

        If it’s bad for Whites, you better believe the NYT will advocate for it. This is one of those ironclad truths in life.

        • John Smith

          It’s what Sulzbergers do.

      • Exuberant Auditor

        Seeing so many blacks and Muslims must make you long for ‘the Beautiful Balts’ to be brought back again in droves.

      • SentryattheGate

        Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US! If the average First Worlder knew how much the UN IS the cause of so many of our problems……

        • Cid Campeador

          That’s what Barry Goldwater (RIP) said. There’s a guy who should have been President. Instead we got LBJ who started our society on the path to destruction.

          • SentryattheGate

            Sad, but true; anyone too far ahead of the usually-ignorant masses, is labeled a “kook”! I realize that the masses are busy with life; jobs, kids, bills, car maint., lawn care, etc.,etc.and that they are led by their noses by the bought-and-paid-for press. But look how many hours is spent on sports, TV etc!

      • Cid Campeador

        Which of that group are doing most of the raping? I’d wager that it’s the Muslims.

        • George Moriarty

          From anecdotal evidence I would suggest it would be Somalis & Sudanese followed by Muslims in general.

    • Illidan Stormragge

      Australia, like Europe and South Africa, was mostly barren when people got there. Now the whole world is entitled to it when whites build up the infrastructure and culture.

  • Luca D.

    “Unconstrained by a bill of rights, Canberra has implemented a suite of harsh policies to this end”

    Well, the illegals have a choice, turn around or drown at sea. Instead of the Australian navy intercepting them perhaps they would prefer Somali pirates?

    • George Moriarty

      One more reason not to support a Bill of Rights next time it is proposed by our left side of politics.

    • nordicman

      Apparently it’s ‘harsh’ when the white race wants to survive and have a future for their race and people.

  • MekongDelta69

    This is my AmRen ‘feel-good’ article of the week…

    • George Moriarty

      But remember, our slightly hardened stand against illegals is under constant challenge by high profile and well funded human rights/immigration lawyers as well as the Greens, some church groups and always the UNHCR.

      See also my reply to Lawrence Murray further down this page.

    • Illidan Stormragge

      And remember Australia is complaining about Asian immigrants, not blacks, mexicans, or muslims, so their chore is already easier.

      • Emblematic

        Most people don’t have a problem with east Asians. It’s the Middle Eastern Muslims, Black Africans and Pacific Islanders who are ruining Australia.

        And we certainly ARE having lots of Muslims and Africans dumped on us.

        • Illidan Stormragge

          This is really ridiculous.

          • Kenner

            How so?

          • Illidan Stormragge

            The fact that they’re taking in Africans and other races half way across the world. With Europeans at least they can say they colonized their countries and they know the language. Lmao.

        • Speedy Steve

          They know how abos can be.

        • George Moriarty

          @Emblematic. Sorry but I do have a problem with East Asians, mainly their sheer numbers in this country

          • Kenner

            And their dough, buying influence.

        • Justin Time

          I live in Sydney (which is becoming insufferable by the day), and, yes, I do have a problem with the deluge of East Asians.

        • slobotnavich

          I had no idea that Australia was accepting Africans. Is your government completely insane or just trying to model Australia after the movie “Planet of the Apes”?

      • Weisheit77

        They mean “Asian” in the British sense. An American would say middle easterner, Persian, Arab, or Turk.

        • Justin Time

          No, in Australia (oddly enough), when we say ‘Asians’ we mean Chinese, Vietnamese… In the UK, when they say ‘Asians’ they refer to Indians, Pakistanis…

      • Cid Campeador

        There have been a series of gang rapes of young Australian girls by the Middle Easterners ,

        • George Moriarty

          One recent offender is still serving a massive 55 year sentence for this crime. Needless to say his mother says he did no wrong and even tried to get some contraband into the maximum security prison at Goulburn NSW.

  • InitialSegment

    Good for Oz. They’ve always seemed a little more immune to PC ethnomasochism than their cousins in Europe and North America.

    • Exuberant Auditor

      This government is at least. I hope it gets reelected.

      • Illidan Stormragge

        Wouldn’t bet on it. And with every foreigner comes a new anti white vote.

  • dd121

    I would nominate Australia as a World Heritage Site if they declare it to be a white homeland.

    • George Moriarty

      It was up until about 1970 when they abolished “White Australia”

      • A. Windaus

        1973 was the last year where race was mentioned in legislation. 1975 the government passed the Racial Discrimination Act, which made criticising the actions of non-Whites a crime.

        • Lexonaut

          The very nerve. Who do they think they are? Canada?

      • Illidan Stormragge

        South Africa stuck to it till the 90s. Without a European-only policy it’s clear no majority white country will continue to exist no matter which section of the world, with the exception of possibly Iceland.

        • Weisheit77

          Don’t get your hopes up about Iceland. I’ve been there. Granted, it’s whiter than here, but it’s smaller than a street in Beijing.

          • Kenner

            I couldn’t live in a country without trees. I don’t know how they can stand it.

          • George Moriarty

            Off subject but they do have (some) trees in Iceland.
            But, what do you do if you find yourself lost in an Icelandic forest?Simple, just stand up and see where you are.
            More seriously Iceland shows what white knowhow and enterprise can do to turn a barren mainly lava island in the arctic circle into a modern prosperous nation.

          • Lexonaut

            “But, what do you do if you find yourself lost in an Icelandic forest? Simple, just stand up and see where you are.”

            I’m lichen it.

          • Lexonaut

            “… it’s smaller than a street in Beijing.”

            What’s important to you that Iceland doesn’t have? I’m being serious, not mocking.

  • George Moriarty

    There are a lot of calls, even from within Australia to show some heart, compassion and Christian compassion and take in more refugees. The refugee advocates will tell us story after story of poor victims of war and famine and how they have come to Australia and made a new life and call Australia home. The advocates conveniently forget to tell us how many just live on welfare, in prison or then get their whole extended family out here also to live off welfare, live in a local suburban ghetto or even subsequently join ISIS.
    But back to the humanitarian aspect, yes it is fantastic for the few who can successfully make a new life here. But the concept is flawed;
    1, What about the 10s of millions who don’t or can’t make it to the west. They will continue to breed and live in conflict and poverty
    2, No matter how compassionate we would like to be we can only absorb so many newcomers from the 3rd world. One simple reason is that generally they do not become productive members of our society and we do only have so many resources with which to support them.
    I am certain that somewhere in Afghanistan or Somalia there is a little boy who dreams of one day living in a country where he has money, lots to eat, good health, a car, a nice house and no war. The only way this will ever happen is for these places to get their act together and make it happen. The UN should be encouraging this and not telling us to take in the lucky few as refugees.

    • John Smith

      The developed countries of the world just can’t absorb even a fraction of the total population of the destitute around the world and for every one they take in, there are four more being born back where they came from.

      • Weisheit77

        Bailing out the Titanic with a soup spoon.

    • SentryattheGate

      Yes, I agree, especially about the UN. They are behind the forcing of refugees onto Western countries, because we stand in the way of the New World Order. If First World people won’t support the NWO, then the UN will just dilute and replace us with Third Worlders who will be more compliant!

      • George Moriarty

        The UN is an unelected left leaning body dominated by the 3rd world. It seems to have gone beyond it original purpose which was to prevent international conflicts. Forcing 3rd world refugees often Muslin into 1st world countries mainly nominally white and Christian is not solving anyone’s problems. Then telling off 1st world countries for not doing enough is also quite wrong.
        If the UN wants to be into social engineering it must start to condemn and do something about the problems and the people that cause so much of the countries in this world to be in the mess they are in.
        Perhaps it is time for the role and operation of the UN to be critically appraised.

        • SentryattheGate

          An amendment was filed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for just such a purpose, purporting to delete all spending related to the United Nations from the FY14 budget.

    • Irish

      It will never happen.

  • Eagle1212

    At least Australia has the stones to try to enforce their immigration laws unlike here where our spineless politicians embrace these criminals taking care of them as if they were they’re own children while ignoring the citizens’ demands to detain and deport them.

    • Illidan Stormragge

      Still, I’d be absolutely shocked if Abbott wins the next election. He’s known to be fairly racist, but he also severely lacks charisma and popularity in the country.

      • George Moriarty

        Fortunately the opposition is not much better but there is always the big worry that the Greens will hold the balance of power in the next government.
        Also, I have always wondered why the Greens want open door immigration policies, you would think that the extra population pressures would go against their alleged environmental credentials.

        • Kenner

          Australia’s ‘Greens’ — loony lesbians.

  • TheMaskedUnit

    When they rescue the white Afrikaners, I’ll be hopeful.

    • George Moriarty

      Quite a few have made it here, basically if they have the right skills they can make it and sometimes the employer here pays their relocation expenses.
      Unfortunately the same happens with Indians who own the local 7/11, they sponsor a family member to come and work here as an accountant, err, I mean check-out operator at their store.

      • John Smith

        Sympathetic white Aussies need to game the system to get more whites there.

        • Kenner

          Excellent idea-

    • Illidan Stormragge

      There are all white towns now. Look up Orania. They keep segregation by treating the town as a private cooperation. You need to buy shares to live there.

  • corvinus

    Unfortunately, Australia has a very high legal intake, so this only takes care of part of the problem.

  • Epiminondas

    Sounds like Australia could become the white haven we’ve all been looking for. Could. Provided they solve their LEGAL immigration issue.

    • newscomments70

      Their legal immigration and foriegn investment program is insane. You or I could not hope to immigrate there legally, but they will take black Africans and Muslims by the millions. A white college grad with a valuable skill could immigrate over time, but he or she would be one on of the few white immigrants. I once went to an English test for British Commonwealth immigration. The test was held in California. I was the ONLY white person there. Almost all applicants were Muslim Asians or Arabs. There was a small handful of blacks. Comically, the test was procured by Mexicans. I didn’t run into any problems at the test center, but white genocide is clearly on the agenda…for all white countries.

    • SoulInvictus

      I’ve been considering it. But add gun rights and the new mandatory vaccination garbage to your list of things needing to be addressed.

      • Illidan Stormragge

        Just because of gun rights US will always likely be better.

  • Jason Lewis

    Rigid would be sinking the boats.

    • Weisheit77

      And filming it and broadcasting it to the countries where they come from.

  • newscomments70

    No comments are allowed on the original article. Why does that not surprise me? Liberals are so fearful of the truth.

  • DelmarJackson

    Apparently, whatever is being put in the drinking water of most other western nations committing immigration suicide is not working in Australia.

    • SentryattheGate

      They may cutting down on the boat people but Australia has plenty of other immigrants; Asians and Muslims.

  • InAFreeCountry

    These policies save lives. Europe should take heed, as should the US.

  • archer

    “Unconstrained by a bill of rights”, what exactly does that mean? Since when does our bill of rights apply to illegals?

    • In theory, mostly no, in reality, mostly yes.

      What I think is meant by “unconstrained by a bill of rights” is that if Australia had one, its legal culture would feel like it’s on the hook for the concept of universal human rights.

  • Illidan Stormragge

    Easier said than done. They won’t all fit in Europe. They left in the first place because it was small and corrupt from people stacked up on each other.

  • slobotnavich

    Interesting how Australia, a nation almost exactly the same size as the continental US and with a population of about 1/20th of ours, deals with illegals.

    Here we practically invite them in, since they all become reliable Democrat voters. Of course, the Aussies don’t have a verminous and criminal Democrat Party looking to swell its ranks with welfare recipients.

  • Weisheit77

    Ok, in the USA “Oriental” has been added to the list of non-PC terms. I assume Occidental is still ok, but not many know what it means.

    • Lexonaut

      Two variations of the same twenty year old joke … .

      Definition of bereft — to miss the last plane to Japan.

      That’s also the answer to the definition of “disoriented”.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Al Gore and Rothschild dreamt up the climate issue in the 70’s and promoted it further in the 90’s during an UNCED seminar. The original name of the HOAX was Deep Ecology.

  • Illidan Stormragge

    The two terms are interchangeable. Few people outside the MidEast and their descendents practice Islam.

    • Lexonaut

      “Few people outside the MidEast and their descendents practice Islam.”

      Tell that to the people of Indonesia and the Phillippines, or to all the countries of the former Soviet Union whose names end with “stan”, or to the people of the Balkans..

      • Illidan Stormragge

        I knew you’d say that but people usually refer to people of Indonesia and Phillippines as Asians and the former Stans, most of which of Arabic or Turkish origin, as muslim. All in all Muslims means MidEasteners / Arabic people’s, at least in my book.

        • Lexonaut

          ” … [the people of] the former Stans …”

          They usually look either European or Asian. Turks tend to look either like Greeks (west) or Kurds (east/south) but they don’t look like Arabs.

          Islam is like Catholicism in one respect — both religions accept all comers and are entirely without race prejudice. If Muslim means Middle Easterner to you, so be it.

          • Illidan Stormragge

            Meh, if they’re brown, they’re not white and certainly not of European origin. The Kardashian are Armenian, and I would not call them white, despite some in America claiming so. Some Turks could look white but I would not say they generally are.

          • Lexonaut

            Do yourself a favor and run the following experiment. Google the following …

            blah face images

            where “blah” is an ethnic group whose appearance you think you know. Start with Armenian.

          • Illidan Stormragge

            You’re welcome to disagree but white people are usually considered those mostly descendent from Europe, not the Caucuses, MidEast, or North Africa. The people of these regions were separated for centuries. Armenians, Turks, etc are very iffy, but if course definitions will vary person to person.

          • Lexonaut

            “… white people are usually considered those mostly descendent from Europe.”

            So are European Ashkenazi Jews in NYC white?

          • Illidan Stormragge

            It depends since Jews are not monolithic but I would say a good number yes. The origins of Ashkenazi Jews is contentious with a recent study saying many come from pre-historic Italian origins. Then you have mass conversions and mixtures down the line for centuries. Jews have always been a special case and it’s always debatable what place they have in a European / white society. The main problem people have with Jews is their strong tendency to the left wing and their position to influence politics and thought on way or another.

          • Lexonaut

            “It depends since Jews are not monolithic but I would say a good number yes.”

            We have a winner!, the key phrase being that Jews are not monolithic.

            Yes, many/most Jews lean left, but then so do a hundred million whites, and there are plenty of Jews who are conservatives. Jews often lean left because, after centuries of persecution and pogroms, they tend to have sympathy for the underdog even when this works against their best interests. (But even the ones on the left now have ample reason to reconsider.)

            Yes, Jews influence politics and thought. That’s what happens when high IQ people are allowed to float up. It’s not a sinister Jewish conspiracy, it’s their high average IQ.

          • Illidan Stormragge

            I agree with you for the most part.

          • Cuddles

            No they’re Middle Easterners (Caucasoid) but not White European at all.

          • Lexonaut

            But most of them have far more European white admixed than Middle Eastern Semitic. Or do you subscribe to the one-drop view of human genetics?

  • George Moriarty

    Hello Brain Cooper, All you have said is oh so true, I am pleased that I am not the only person in Sydney who has noticed these things. But what do we do about it? We are not allowed to say anything in public about any of this, how do we increase public awareness?
    Yes, there are a lot of white people who seem to have no pride in themselves, let alone their race and heritage. (I think in the USA they call these people “Wal Mart trash!”)
    If there was ever another war it is unlikely that we would be able to fight it as a unified nation.

    • Lexonaut

      You folks still have all of interior Australia to work with, do you not? Why not push inland and let the coastal cities go? Why not look to the future instead of the irretrievable past?

      I realize I’m being arrogant — it’s your country, it’s slipping away from you, and there’s no reason why you should have to be a stranger in the land of your birth — but it’s pretty much a lost cause anyway, is it not?

      • George Moriarty

        The interior of Australia with a few notable exceptions resembles much of the planet Mars and would need almost just as much life support.

        As a matter of interest do a Google search for images of our deserts, or do a Google street view search of some of our outback towns on the fringe of the desert, say Charleville Qld, really these places are the end of the world. (But house prices are quite high)

        But, as for being our country and strangers in our own land and this is all so true, just why can’t our politicians in Canberra see what is happening. Some do but they are soon silenced and their political careers come to an abrupt end.

        • Lexonaut

          I know it’s desert — but in the USA the Mormons made the desert bloom, as did the Jews in Israel. Water is down there if you dig deep enough, or perhaps desalinated water could be brought in by pipeline.

          I don’t know what the specific problems and solutions are, but the history of the white man is that we’ve faced many challenges and overcome them through sheer determination to succeed.

          • George Moriarty

            I think the basic point is that we should not have to start a new life in Australia’s Great Stony Desert (Utah is a Garden of Eden in comparison) or talk about science fiction fantasies such as a Mars colony. Even if we could make the desert bloom the parasites would soon be sucking of us.
            Yes, our race has faced many challenges and I think there is an old saying that has been posted on this site previously, that is “The cream will always rise to the top”. If for no other reason than that our planet is overpopulated and it will not sustain the level of social engineering and wealth re-distribution that the UN and others are constantly advocating for.

      • Tim

        “Lets the coastal cities go” Because they are “beach heads” poised for a “break-out’…

        • Lexonaut

          So what are the majority of Australians going to do? What’s going to happen?

  • Lexonaut

    “Canberra, undeterred by the human cost, is pushing legislation that would further entrench these programs.”

    In other news, reporters at the New York Times continue to resist demands that they share their apartments rent-free with street people, and that they feed and clothe the unfortunates at no cost to those who want only a better life for themselves.

  • Irish

    When did Oriental dissappear?..Asia is the largest continent on earth and includes nearly every race of man.

  • Illidan Stormragge

    Charisma wins elections and always will in a Democracy. It’s a popularity contest. It’s 80% how you say it, not what you say.

  • WR_the_realist

    Australia is showing sanity. The NYT is appalled.

  • Rustler

    Jewish influence is much less in Australia than in the US. No other white country is under the same kind of Jewish domination as we are.

  • mobilebay

    What’s worse is that the developed countries are expected to furnish financial aid to the third world, then expected to take in their people, supplying their needs from birth to death.

  • Sun

    YA!!!!