Honesty is the best policy on payments to smugglers

The Australian Government's continued silence on the payments to smugglers (crew members) may be putting those DIBP officials (civil servants) at risk of being persecuted under the Indonesian Laws. On this case, we should look at the Sub. 8 from Univ.of QLD, projecting two possible scenarios:

(i) Australia acknowledges 'the payment had occurred' and 'asserts it to be the conduct of an organ of Australia' under international law;
(ii) Australia refuses to do so.

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Boat turnback bribery and predictable silence

Last Friday's (5/2/16) Senate Inquiry on DIBP and Bribery event seems to be covered only by The Guardian, which is an international publication, and a 'Left wing' the publication which it is often been charged! Predictably, the mass media within Australia had been silent on this subject. Even the national broadcasters like ABC & SBS were silent on this boat turnback bribery incident.

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Details on Fazel Chgeni case:

The Radio National broadcasts, 31-1-2016. Correct me if I am wrong -- Fazel Chegeni has never been granted a proper protection visa (refugee status). He was briefly released into community on some type of bridging visa (i.e. there can be many forms of such visa, the Safe Heaven visa, one amongst). All he has been given by DIBP was the notice that he has a strong case to become a refugee in Australia. The fact that he was a stateless Kurdish man from Iran, this is not surprising.

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Boat bribery payments and motives behind

The Amnesty International report on 28 October 2015 gave us details about how Australian officials made payments to the Indonesian smuggling crew on two occasions (Download AI report here --> http://www.netipr.org/saorg/docs/20151028_australia-abuse-asylum-seekers-at-sea-by-ai.pdf) . The first occasion on May 2015, the boat with 65 Sri Linkan nationals were onboard had been traveling to New Zealand.

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Put yourself in Indonesian's shoes

Just imagine this. A smuggler's boat looks like just this one carrying illicit-drugs in the stead was to have landed on the Australian soil. The Australian Federal Police and Custom Officers begun questioning the Indonesian drug smuggler. To their horror, the Border Dept. and Officers found out that bringing that drug smuggler to an Australian court would have threatened government's political survival. Therefore, the government minister had decided just to put "sugar back on the table".

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Australian Government's bribery payments to people smugglers

Australian Government's bribery payment to people smugglers: This Senate submission from Queensland University (Sub. 8, total 19 pages) has given more details about how the DIBP may violate various criminal laws, both domestically and internationally. The submission supports a position that an investigation should take place and is not dependent upon the consent of the Attorney-General.

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Labor, Liberal and Mandatory Detention Policy

Labor, Liberal and Mandatory Detention Policy: Recently, we -- the general public -- were "educated" by the mass media here in Australia that the Labor party was the initiator of mandatory detention policy . True, Paul Keating's Labor government had started mandatory detention policy for boatpeople. I can still remember the 'heat' about asylum-seekers debate at that time in 1990s. For the record, I applied for (onshore) refugee status in 1992, which was granted in 1993.

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The Irony of Australian Government's "Tough on Crimes"

The Irony of Australian Government's Tough on Crimes: Never negotiate with terrorists, Never give in to blackmails, Never play into the hands of people smugglers ? Nope, Nope, Nope, Never! ..... Really?

" 23. The government has sought to justify tremendous cruelty as being necessary to fight the 'evil' people smugglers and to 'smash their business model'. It would be extraordinary if the government was now paying those same individuals to turn boats around and smuggle people elsewhere..." -- Sub 10. Human Rights Law Centre, Melbourne.

Tilting at Canberra Windmills

Before the Senate Committee in 2002 , said I, "Mr Chairman and committee members, you no doubt find it disturbing when you hear about the behavior of human smugglers. You are disturbed when human smugglers exploit refugees and asylum seekers. Your are distressed when human smugglers make money out of these vulnerable people. You feel outraged when human smugglers show callous disrespect for the well being of their human cargo. You find human smugglers despicable because they make a profit out of vulnerable people, such as refugees.

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