WARNING This post contains graphic images
It has been widely reported that Australia is seeking to hand over to the Sri Lankan Military Tamil asylum seekers that came into Australian waters on one of two boats that Mr Arrogant Scott Morrison is yet to even acknowledge the existence of.
The United Nations has expressed “profound concern” over the reports and debate is still raging over the legality of turning back asylum seekers that are already in Australian territory, as this possible breaches international laws.
With all of this going on Tony Abbott has piled praise on Sri Lanka, saying that it is a “society at piece”.
Some may recall the last Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting that was held in Sri Lanka last year and was boycotted by many nations, including Canada. This is interesting as Tony Abbott seems to have developed a special friendship with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper who thought that Sri Lanka’s recent alleged atrocities that include genocide, torture and rape were serious enough to boycott the event.
Other world leaders such as UK PM David Cameron called for a United Nations investigation into the allegations of torture and genocide.
By contrast Tony Abbott when asked about the torture of civilians by the government military forces had this to say as he organised for a gift on behalf of Australia of military boats worth $2 Million.
“We accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen”
As our government hands fleeing Tamils back to the military they were fleeing from, I thought it might be appropriate to have a reminder of why these men, women and children are risking their lives to escape.
You could be forgiven for comparing Tony Abbotts and Scott Morrisons plans to handing back Jews to the Nazis, or handing Cambodians over to the Khmer-Rouge.
Australians may have voted to stop the boats but they did not vote for this.
If you think that is OK handing these poor desperate families back to the military responsible for the images above then that’s fine, I hope you sleep soundly whilst your government does this in your name.
If you think it is an act of utter bastardry and that as a country this is something we should be ashamed of, then do something. Ring a talkback station, write to your paper, tell your friends, write a blog, post something on Twitter or Facebook.
Let’s not be a nation of people who just shrug and say it’s all too hard.
That’s how they get away with it.