Labor boats are back | The Spectator Australia

The votes haven’t been counted for Saturday’s federal election, but the boats are already on their way.

Illegal immigration was once a huge problem for Australia, as migrants paid smugglers in Asia to bring them to the ‘promised land’ of welfare funded by (increasingly poor) Australians.

In the years of post-Covid financial ruin – in view of a possible recession – the last thing Australia needs is a new wave of illegal migrants to further strain the system that can barely manage its citizens. That is what seems to be on the horizon, as a boat is stopped today by Sri Lankan authorities heading for a “foreign country” (almost certainly Australia).

In the pursuit of the militant soft vote, Labor has shown itself willing to sacrifice border security in the name of virtuous signage. The smugglers know this and have put their trade back into action in preparation for a Labor victory.

This time, a fishing boat and two dinghies were stopped by the authorities containing 40 people.

The Liberal Party got a lot of things wrong during its tenure, but when it came to stopping the boats – its consistent policy of illegal immigration has all but put an end to human trafficking. Karen Andrews, the Home Secretary, recently warned that boats would be back on the agenda if a Labor government is elected this weekend.

Despite Anthony Albanese promising to maintain Operation Sovereign Borders and offshore processing, Labor’s ranks are teeming with open borders activists while the Greens (who want to de-carbonize the military) would rather stick a “Welcome” sign in the sand. It appears the smugglers are convinced that if they arrive, public pressure from activists will quickly force Labor to backtrack on their election promises.

Not that Liberal voters would be happy if they saw the government’s numbers for approved refugees (which rose in the absence of boats).

The number of refugees admitted by Julia Gillard between 2010 and 2013 was 21,790, 23,423, 30,061 and 34,285 (for each year). Abbott’s run between 2014-15 was 35,565 and 36,917 which continued under Malcolm Turbull at 42,187, 48,480 and 56,934. Those numbers continued to climb under Scott Morrison until the global Covid pandemic saw borders closed. Yet refugees were accepted while Australian citizens were locked in their homes and prevented from travelling.

Generosity is one thing, but Australians are concerned about strains on the capital’s infrastructure while country towns are furious that the government is placing thousands of people ill-suited to rural life in tiny, close-knit counties.

In an election dominated by sentiment of ‘bad’ versus ‘worse’ – there is no doubt that Albanese will be ‘worse’ when it comes to human trafficking.

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