Jacinda’s grandstanding over refugees causes escalation in people smuggling activity

When you meddle in another country’s affairs you are going to tick off people.

That appears to be the case with Jacinda Ardern meddling on the Manus Island issue and now the Aussies are getting their own back with intelligence leaks:

A fresh round of intelligence leaks from across the ditch have claimed new boat arrivals of asylum seekers, and lay the blame at Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s feet.

Australian authorities reportedly turned around four new boats just before Christmas, and intelligence sources have said Ardern’s criticisms of Australia’s refugee policy are the likely cause.

The Queensland-based Courier Mail has reported 164 asylum seekers across the boats were halted and reversed, but not before telling officials working for “Operation Sovereign Borders” that they were bound for New Zealand.

Ardern has retained an offer to take up to 150 asylum seekers on Manus Island off Australia’s hands. It was an offer first extended by former Prime Minister John Key, and has remained on the table although never accepted by Australia.

That Government has long maintained such an arrangement would only encourage more people smugglers to lure asylum seekers into boats to make the treacherous journey to either country, it is claimed.

No boat has ever reached New Zealand, and the Australian Government has long expressed frustrations that it believed that was largely due to Sovereign Borders turning boats around before they got here, at considerable cost to the Australian taxpayer.

The cost of the operation reached AU$4 billion (NZ$4.3b) in 2017, which included just overBut $1 billion to detain 1140 refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru and a further $1 billion on border enforcement.

While diplomatic shots between the two Governments over the issue reached a peak late last year, discussion over the invitation has remained relatively quiet over the past few months.

The Government has declined to comment on Australian intelligence, but is understood to be seeking advice on its details.

We apparently have a housing crisis, a poverty crisis, and yet we can take in fake-ugees, house them, give them resources that are already scarce in New Zealand all at the same time as the government is wanting to restrict legal immigration.

Now because of grandstanding by our Prime Minister there is activity amongst people smugglers who know that NZ is a soft touch.

Just because no ship has never made it here doesn’t mean they won’t try.

 

-Fairfax


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