Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Australia: Must not refer to illegal immigrants as "fleas"

None of the "asylum-seeker" detainees are in fact refugees.  None of them came to Australia directly from their own countries.  So they already had refuge before they departed for Australia

LIBERAL Senator David Fawcett has clarified a statement where he appeared to describe asylum seekers as “fleas” while quizzing the Immigration Department over border protection.

The senator made the statement while responding to Employment Minister Michaelia Cash in a senate estimates hearing at Parliament House today. Minister Cash had defended the Turnbull Government’s track record on border protection by saying it was “still trying to clean up” a mess left by the former Labor government.

Senator Fawcett, a panel member of the estimates hearing, responded: “I’ll leave it there, I just question the ethics of nitpicking when your particular group brought the fleas in the first place.”

Senator Ian Macdonald, who made headlines this month by defending the Life Gold Pass for retired politicians, laughingly said “Nicely put.”

Senator Fawcett has since clarified his comment, saying he was describing the Labor Party’s dispute of a very small detail of processes at a time the Immigration Department was under great stress and that the stress was due to Labor policies at the time.

“If they were nitpicking they were responsible for the cause of the irritation,” he said.

Shadow Immigration Minister Shayne Neumann had called on the senators to apologise for their comments after they were initially made.

“It is beyond belief that a Turnbull Government senator would ever refer to vulnerable people seeking asylum as fleas, and even worse, to have other Coalition senators laugh, cheer and eagerly agree,” Mr Neumann told News Corp.

“Senators Fawcett and MacDonald should immediately apologise for their comments and start treating Australia’s humanitarian program with the respect and seriousness it deserves.”



Anonymous said...

The reason that there are refugees is because the free world will not put a stop to the actions of vicious dictatorships.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

The Useless Nations and the CFR whats behind all this settlement of so called refugees in all these other nations including america its all part of the New World Order(NWO)and a one would goverment all under the Useless Nations

Anonymous said...

The reason why their are so many refugees is that countries are not meeting their obligation of housing people claiming asylum when they are the first country the asylum seekers reach as required under their international obligations but push them on to first world countries where they are not entitled to refugee status. What doesn't the left understand about this? Is it because they want to import future votes? Is it because they want to reward their rich multinationals with cheap labor? Is it because the left want cheap housekeepers and gardeners? I don't know but I do know the left is the major cause of illegals in the US.

Anonymous said...

Ticks would be closer to the mark. Bloodsuckers which often infect the host with various diseases. Also once they sink their tentacles in they are very difficult to remove.

Anonymous said...

Nitpicking is the picking off of nits (fleas, ticks, etc.) so the statement is factually correct. It was a great play on words and most would not take it as an implication that refugees were the fleas. The perpetually offended always need an issue to obfuscate their lack of a cogent argument.


Spurwing Plover the Fighting Shorebird said...

Anon 7:11 and in some cases a nit picker is type of bird picking off nits

Anonymous said...

The correct word for refugees trying to reach Australia is parasites.

Legs Sparrow said...

Most call them parasites liberal call them future voters