Why are we allowing Australia off the hook for their own racist refugee policy?

New Zealand will receive 150 refugees held offshore by Australia, nine years after offer was made

New Zealand will receive up to 150 refugees a year from an Australian offshore detention facility on Nauru, more than nine years after the offer to take them was first made.

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi and Australia Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews​ jointly announced that New Zealand would accept up to 150 refugees a year, for three years, on Thursday afternoon.

The deal was first struck by former prime ministers John Key and Julia Gillard in 2012, at a time when the Government wanted to contribute to Australia’s handling of the asylum seekers who travelled by boat to Australia’s shores.

“New Zealand is very pleased that Australia has taken up the offer,” Faafoi said, in a statement.

“New Zealand has a long and proud history of refugee resettlement and this arrangement is another example of how we are fulfilling our humanitarian international commitment.

“We are pleased to be able to provide resettlement outcomes for refugees who would otherwise have continued to face uncertain futures.”

9 years after making the offer, Australia wants to take us up on it do they?

The same country that continues to degrade our citizens in their country by refusing them the same rights we give their citizens here?

The same country that forces 501s back into our country to start a gang war?

The same country that continues to treat immigration as some sort of political toy and continues to dehumanise people?

We offered to take the refugees they abuse in the hope that it might change things in Australia, 10 years after the offer’s been made they want to take us up on it?

Why should we help Australia off the hook they made and sharpened?

Why allow such a racist country who treats our citizens with contempt and is currently fuelling our gang war by forced renditions of their criminals to dump their refugee problem here on us?

The offer made in good faith 9 years ago was in the hope of triggering some level of shame in the Australians so that they would stop treating people like this, to now try and use it after they’ve spent the last decade getting worse is an audacity too far.

We are mugs for caving into this!

 

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