Poll: Thanks John, what else are you going to give away?

(There is a poll at the end of this post)

New Zealand are to accept some of Australia’s “Boat People”.

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First a definition

The term ‘boat people’ entered the Australian vernacular in the 1970s with the arrival of the first wave of boats carrying people seeking asylum from the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Over half the Vietnamese population was displaced in these years and, while most fled to neighbouring Asian countries, some embarked on the voyage by boat to Australia.  

The first boat arrived in Darwin in April 1976 carrying five Indochinese men. Over the next five years there were 2059 Vietnamese boat arrivals with the last arriving in August 1981.  The arrival of 27 Indochinese asylum seekers in November 1989 heralded the beginning of the second wave. Over the following nine years, boats arrived at the rate of about 300 people per annum—mostly from Cambodia, Vietnam and southern China. In 1999, a third wave of asylum seekers, predominantly from the Middle East, began to arrive—often in larger numbers than previous arrivals and usually with the assistance of ‘people smugglers’.

So, in that context, John Key is expected to announce that New Zealand will become a destination for “Middle East” originating boat peopla

Asylum seekers in Australian detention centres could be shipped over to New Zealand under a new deal expected on Saturday.

Prime Minister John Key is holding bilateral talks with his Australian counterpart, Julia Gillard, in Queenstown, with new arrangements to combat people smuggling set to top their agenda.

New Zealand is expected to announce it will allocate some of its annual 750 refugee [United Nations] quota to take asylum seekers from recently reopened Australian detention centres on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and Nauru.

Mr Key says it’s important New Zealand helps with “regional solutions” to what he calls an “Australasian issue”.

He believes it’s only “a matter of time” before such boats start arriving in New Zealand waters.

Oh great.  Of course we’re going to be a destination for boat people if we’re seen to be accepting them.

What’s the UN ever done for New Zealand except take incompetent politicians off our hands?

Should New Zealand become a destination for Australia's "Boat People"

  • No (65%, 356 Votes)
  • Yes, but within our 750 per year quota only (32%, 175 Votes)
  • Yes, and over/above our 750 per year quota (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Yes, but only this one time (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Don't know (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 549

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Source: Yahoo! News Wire


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