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Anonymous asked:

this is going to sound really dumb, but my grandpa keeps on saying if we let too many asylum seekers in, there will be no more jobs left, i dont really think that it's true. is it?

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No, it isn’t true. The idea that asylum seekers are flooding the country and taking all the jobs is part of the deliberate, hyped-up, hysteria and fear-mongering misinformation campaign unleashed by politicians to vilify them for political gain.

The facts are that asylum seekers make up just 2.7% of Australia’s migration intake. And what’s more, is that asylum seekers who are waiting for permanent visas (which takes years) do not even have the right to work here. But the point is, that the tiny percentage of people who come to Australia for asylum is no where near enough to create a job shortage.

The most common channels from which immigrants come to Australia is via student or business visas etc. The other half of our population growth comes from natural causes, eg births.

Besides, immigration is good for the country. People who come here from abroad fill skills shortages and help boost the economy.

So the idea that there will be no more jobs left if we take in “too many” asylum seekers is just wrong. We don’t even take in nearly as many as we could. There is just no logic to that claim. Don’t listen to the fear-mongering.

Thousands of people have turned up in Pakistan to protest against NATO and the US government’s drone attacks that have murdered hundreds of Pakistani civilians and violate their country’s sovereignty. As usual, they have been ignored and silenced by the corporate media. Please reblog & share this to spread their message. 
x Thousands of people have turned up in Pakistan to protest against NATO and the US government’s drone attacks that have murdered hundreds of Pakistani civilians and violate their country’s sovereignty. As usual, they have been ignored and silenced by the corporate media. Please reblog & share this to spread their message. 
x Thousands of people have turned up in Pakistan to protest against NATO and the US government’s drone attacks that have murdered hundreds of Pakistani civilians and violate their country’s sovereignty. As usual, they have been ignored and silenced by the corporate media. Please reblog & share this to spread their message. 
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Thousands of people have turned up in Pakistan to protest against NATO and the US government’s drone attacks that have murdered hundreds of Pakistani civilians and violate their country’s sovereignty. As usual, they have been ignored and silenced by the corporate media. Please reblog & share this to spread their message. 

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Australia to provide Sri Lankan government with navy ships

On top of accepting their invitation to CHOGM and defending their torture practices, the Abbott government is now going to arm the Sri Lankan government, accused of war crimes, with military vessels to help prevent asylum seekers from fleeing their country on boats.

The boats will be upgraded for Sri Lanka at a cost of $2 million, coming out of Australia’s foreign aid budget.

So now “foreign aid” means aiding dictatorial governments, and Australia will be collaborating with and abetting a murderous regime in war crimes against their people.

“Obviously the Australian Government deplores any use of torture…but we accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen.”

"We do not kill our cattle the way the US is killing humans in Waziristan with drones.”

“I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey.”

“Now, I am always scared.”

Rafiq, Zubair, and Nabila Rehman, innocent victims of the USA’s, and Australia’s, drone attacks in Pakistan.

Julia Gillard: Prime Minister for the US - for life

At the beginning of this month, it was announced that Australia’s former PM Julia Gillard was appointed as a non-resident Senior Fellow with the US think-tank, the Brookings Institute.

This appointment is more significant than is recognised. 

Julia Gillard was an extremely pro-US Prime Minister, and in fact, it is because of this that she had been installed in the position. The 2010 coup that deposed Kevin Rudd had been orchestrated as we know, by the key factional powerbrokers of the Labor party, one of them being former Senator Mark Arbib.

In 2010, Wikileaks cables exposed Arbib to have been a US embassy informant from as far back as 2004. The US embassy cables noted his status as a ‘kingmaker’ within the ALP and revealed that he met with them “repeatedly.” They lauded him as a strong supporter of the US-Australia alliance.

Further cables leaked by Wikileaks focusing on Gillard also reveal the US embassy’s delight at her heavily pro-US and pro-Israel stance. 

They also remarked with admiration how Gillard had consistently “gone out of her way to assist the embassy.

During her time as Prime Minister, Julia Gillard was instrumental in strengthening Australia’s alliance with the US in many ways, but particularly by throwing passionate support behind their plan to establish a US military base in Darwin. This move was of vital strategic significance to US, not only for expanding their imperialism and military power, but also for their new foreign policy program, the ‘pivot to Asia’, particularly designed to provoke and contain the rise of China.

As such, this prestigious appointment is a reward to Gillard from the US. And what a fitting reward it is.

Because the Brookings Institute, which claims and is portrayed to be ‘independent’, is anything but.

A recent analysis conducted by the Public Accountability Initiative highlights the staunch pro-US war leanings of the Brookings Institute. Their report found that the Brookings Institute is one of the most cited in US publications in terms of think-tanks with US defence industry ties.

The report also found that in articles about Syria, specifically focusing on US military intervention into Syria, experts from the Brookings Institute were cited more than any other think-tank.

Additionally, the report highlighted how the supposedly “independent” Brookings Institute receives millions of dollars in funding from the US defence industry. This includes $1-2.5 million from Booze Allen Hamilton, and $50,000 to $100,000 from Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Palantir Technologies. Furthermore, the Executive Education’s Advisory Council Chair of the Brookings Institute is a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton.

So, why is any of this important? Although we have always known how supportive Gillard was of the US, this confirms it.

That the US considered our former PM to be of such importance to them that they have employed her to continue to work for them is extremely significant.

It also answers a question I have pondered for a while now: was Gillard pro-US so she could be PM, or was she PM so she could be pro-US.

With Australia’s satellite-state status, for politicians to rise in the ranks of major parties it is a requirement for them to at least pretend to be vehement supporters of the US.

But Gillard’s appointment reveals her true allegiance; she was Prime Minister for the US through and through.

The Taliban who shot Malala Yousafzai are the same Taliban who were propped up by Ronald Reagan in the ’80s. Awkward, huh? 

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Anonymous asked:

I'm not trying to support Tony Abbot or Ignore the fact that the deaths are a tragedy, but I fail to see how these latest two sinkings are his fault. Both happened in Indonesian waters by while trying to perform something illegal?

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  1. It is not illegal to seek asylum in Australia by boat.
  2. Indonesia is an archipelago consisting of 18,307 islands. The Indonesian government cannot possibly be expected to have the capacity to adequately control all its borders.
  3. I will always hold Australian governments guilty for asylum boat tragedies. Politicians could be offering asylum seekers a safer passage, or helping the UNHCR speed up processing of refugees on Indonesia to stop them getting on boats, but they don’t. Instead, they play politics with the lives of desperate people, leaving them no choice but to get on boats and make these unsafe journeys. Also, in this incident, the asylum seeker boat contacted Australian rescue authorities but their distress calls were deliberately ignored. And that is just despicable. 

Abbott government’s attack on freedom of expression

It has been a mere three weeks since the LNP won the election, yet the assault on freedom of expression and protest is well under way.

First was the attack on pro-Palestinian BDS activists, which was announced before the election, in which the LNP will drain funding from individuals/organisations boycotting Israeli apartheid.

Then came the announcement that companies facing boycotts linked to environmental practices will be protected by the coalition government, effectively prohibiting consumer boycotts. 

And now, just today, Abbott promised the Indonesian president that the Australian government will be taking “an unusually tough line" on Australian protesters agitating for West Papuan independence to "discourage and prevent" them.

All this has happened in a matter of three weeks. What more have this government got planned up their sleeve to diminish more of our rights to protest over the next three years? 

Australian Prime Minister actually runs to avoid the media following the drowning of an asylum seeker boat.

One wonders why, in the midst of an apparent “budget emergency" and "border control crisis”, the Coalition took 11 days before getting sworn into government.