Mediaworks and NZME really have drunk the anti-government Kool-Aid.
Labour MP Kelvin Davis is right. It is disingenuous of John Key to say Australia’s detainees at Christmas Island are free to leave if they want. They can leave only to return to New Zealand, where they could continue their appeal against deportation from Australia. Mr Key has been assured by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that their chances would not be reduced by coming back here. But they are probably thinking yeah, right.
The detainees have a better chance by staying on Australian territory, albeit a hot, desolate island in the Indian Ocean where this week they have staged something of a riot.
Bit of truth accidentally sneaking though there: staged a riot. The very New Zealanders Kelvin Davis has been “predicting” would be rioting for some weeks in advance.
Deportation on the scale the Australian Government is undertaking cannot be quick or cheap. Each detainee will have to be escorted to the point of departure. It hardly seems worth the cost, let alone the damage to Australia’s international reputation, when incidents such as the Christmas Island riot occur.
Some Australians are saying so, but many more must be solidly behind the Liberal-National Coalition’s hard line on expat Kiwis who have committed criminal offences. The fact they and their families may have been Australian residents for most of the offender’s life cut no ice with Mr Turnbull when he was here. Read more »