posted on Jul, 20 2013 @ 04:29 AM
There are a few factors to all this but the crux of the matter is something had to be done.
On Rudd's 1st day *back* the opposition tore into labor on this issue, it was pretty nasty and highlighted another major problem, the ones doing the
smuggling simply laugh at any of our border laws.
Indonesia said pretty firmly that sending the boats back would cause "problems" ie: you want a war little man?
Then.. no sooner than that was said there was a major "leak" from a involved party that basically stated the whole smuggling crisis is "how it's
done" and runs deep into official territory.. more worry.. as it became clearer to anyone that was looking that Indo is laughing at us every time a
boat is sent.
So.. no sooner than Rudd is re-instated he basically had a major diplomatic problem on his hands, as if labor had ignored liberal's goads it would be
seen to be just as ineffectual as they were under gillard on the matter. Indonesia relished at this and did what they do best, stir the pot. yes, a
bully standing there saying "what ya gonna do huh?"
Most immature.. but not uncommon on these matters.
It was obvious this whole affair had reached boiling point, those sending the boats keep sending boats even after repeated requests to stop that fall
on "official" dumb ears, we don't want a war with indo.. so a sidemove needed to be played.. i think this was a good play to be honest. Now when
Indo sends it "package" it goes straight to PNG, no further, ever. Those that follow proper channels and do things the right way still have an
excellent chance of immigration, and they are fully welcomed. Those that go the illegal route and bribe indo end up at PNG.
We avert a crisis with the cheeky bully, but still have somewhere for the smuggled to be processed, that isn't on our soil. for the gov it's
Win/Win. and for Indo it changes little.. they will still send the boats.. and THAT is the real problem, it's just a rather messy situation.. one
that could be somewhat fixed by those who send the boats, we cant touch them without conflict (not our way down here) so we'll block them from game
and take away the end prize.. in hopes word will spread that the only way is the legal way.. it's a big hope, and a mighty gamble but honestly our
hands are tied and this is about our only option other than openly sinking ships.. nobody of morals would stand for that.
Quite a pickle...