Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Refugee politics: for shame, Australia

Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister: "Let's just face some facts here. A whole bunch of people who seek to come to this country are economic migrants, who are seeking to comport themselves as refugees."

Bob Carr, Foreign Minister: "Well, there've been some boats where 100 per cent of them have been people who are fleeing countries where they're the majority ethnic and religious group, and their motivations is altogether economic" and "People are coming here, not now as a result of persecution, but because they’re economic refugees who’ve have paid money to people smugglers."

Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition: "Four years and he's finally woken up to the fact that the vast majority of these people are not fair dinkum refugees. They're economic migrants pure and simple,”

Scott Morrison, Shadow Foreign Minister, concurred with this sentiment today.

For shame, Rudd. For shame, Carr. For shame, Abbott. For shame, Morrison.

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