The Daily Telegraph is leading the charge now when it comes to whipping up racism and peddling myths about asylum seekers, quoting the Liberals as saying:
“In November last year Senator Evans asked for an [extra] $134 million to cover 1400 arrivals, with each arrival costing $81,900.”
They are going on and on about how asylum seekers are costing tax payers lots of money, creating these false divisions that lead to voters thinking the reason their standard of living is lower is because of asylum seekers.
But the thing News Limited fail to mention is that it is the brutal regime of mandatory detention that makes the costs so high. Put simply, if people wanted to save money, they need to move them out of the desert, pull down the fences, shred the barbed wire, get rid of the security guards and the bullshit legal circus.
If we just let asylum seekers settle into the community whilst their claims are processed like human beings, not animals, you wouldn’t have to worry so much about how costly it was. It’s cheaper to treat people humanely.
The other thing the Liberals fail to mention is the amount the government spends on asylum seekers anyway is a pittance compared to the amounts spent on other wasteful things such as bombing the shit out of Afghanistan and if you want to talk about giving people a free ride, subsidising corporations so that their mates living the high life can maintain their businesses that should’ve gone bust.
But humanity is not the concern here for the Liberals or the Labor party. Human rights come a distant second. They just want to win the fucking election.
In fact, it’s a disgrace that the debate is even had on the terrain of economics. Australia is a wealthy country oppressing the people coming here from poorer and war ravaged countries that we’re responsible for creating. The Australian government owes these people a fair go, no matter how much it costs.