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Friday, June 26, 2009

Charging refugees for their time in detention? I don’t think so. Apparently Australia sends you a bill when they let you out of a refugee detention centre. A politician explained that not charging will encourage people smugglers. Um, excuse me? Do you really think that people smugglers are letting everyone know before they flee their war torn country that they will possibly have to enter a detention facility and will one day have to pay in excess of $45,000 for their time in said facility? I don’t think so. I think they are concerned about getting people out of the country and receiving whatever cut might be theirs. A journalist pointed out that we don’t charge prisoners for their time in prison when they are released so why should we charge refugees? A bill to repeal this legislation is currently being tabled in parliament, with bleeding heart liberal senator Petro Georgio leading the way.

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