MR TUCKEY INDICATED THAT SOME OF THESE BOAT PEOPLE COULD BE TERRIOST (sic).
Seriously, was this written by a 5 year old? Was this written by Mr Wilson Tuckey himself?
Fact: This is incorrect. Just 11 of more than 13,000 people who sought asylum in Australia last year were rejected on “character grounds”. Only one was regarded as a security risk because of suspected terrorist links. He had come by air, not by boat.
Government intelligence briefings concerning the threat of terrorist attacks have not mentioned asylum seekers. There remains no evidence that any asylum seekers currently arriving by boat have any connection to terrorism. Those who perpetrated the September 11 attacks did not arrive in the United States as Asylum Seekers. They flew first class using valid papers.
The people in the boats are fleeing from the terrorism of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Linking the atrocities in the United States with the boat people is akin to blaming the Jews for fleeing Hitler. People fleeing oppression have a right to claim asylum and have those claims assessed.