The Greens announce most radical refugee proposal yet

The Greens party have been quiet of late but leader Richard Di Natale’s new plan is sure to set chins

The Greens party have been quiet of late but leader Richard Di Natale’s new plan is sure to set chins wagging.

In a statement, Mr Di Natale¬†outlined the Greens’ plan to resettle 40,000 asylum seekers in Australia, and shut Manus Island and Nauru.

‘Australia doesn’t need to respond to people seeking our protection by turning our backs or locking them up,’ the Greens leader said.

Greens immigration spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said closing offshore detention facilities enabled the program to be ‘cost-neutral’.

‘Closing down Manus and Nauru would save almost $3 billion,’ she told Sky News on Saturday.

‘That is an awful lot of money to keep 2000 people – men, women and children – detained on those island camps.’

‘Our nation has been built of the back of migrants coming here for a better life, we’ve had such a positive history in this,’ she said.

‘Sadly the last few years that has gone to the wayside and we’ve been tarnished with the children in detention and the issues of scandals inside our detention centres and this kind of cruel policy.

While there’s no comment yet from Malcolm Turnbull on the radical new proposal, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said,¬†‘There is no compassion in rewarding people smugglers and their business model to entice vulnerable people onto unsafe boats, then they drown at sea’.

The Greens’ plan also outlines resettling¬†10,000 additional refugees under a new ‘Skilled Refugee’ programme.

“The Greens are announcing a vision that would welcome a record number of people to live in safety in our community every year and recognise the contribution refugees have made to this country over generations and will continue to make.

“Our bold plan would not only welcome 50,000 people per year and offer a safe way for people to seek asylum in Australia, it would also save the budget $160 million over the next four years,” Di Natale said.

“For too long, the national political debate has portrayed migrants and people seeking asylum as a problem instead of an opportunity,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“By offering 10,000 ‘Skilled Refugee’ places per year through the skilled migration pathway, we will be helping to save lives while letting those very same people contribute to the future prosperity of our economy.

“Modern Australia was built by generations of hardworking, self-started people who came to our country in search of a better life. People want to protect their families and to give their children access to an education and a life free of violence. We should be allowing them to get on and do that in Australia.

Tell us, do you think the Greens’ idea is a good one? Will you be voting for them?

  1. Doug  

    That’s a great policy – NOT! Announce that we will accept 50,000, and process them on-shore, and 500,000 will arrive – the people smugglers will make a fortune! How many thousands will die at sea? Obviously the Greens have not been taking notice of what happened before off-shore processing and since off-shore processing, which stopped the boats coming from Indonesia. The rest of the party must have believed what Sarah was saying in her daily appointment/interview on the ABC. You are guaranteeing the death of thousands.
    A humanitarian solution has to be found, but sorry this is not it.

  2. No its not a good idea. Has anyone in all political parties stopped to think that all countries cannot afford to take in thousands and thousands of refugees. The structure of any country is not capable of being able to support their own people and thousands of refugees. The monetary and infrastructure of countries are no longer viable to take on this massive proportion of people. Perhaps the answer lies in allowing women and children to stay temporarily and the men go back to fight for their country, so that once again it is their home. The men need to be taught how to fight for their rights in their own place of birth.

  3. Marion Pallas  

    What are they supposedly skilled at ??????? and don’t we have many skilled workers already here in Australia on the Dole????

  4. maszki  

    That is not a radical plan, it is a sellout of Australia’s culture and an imposte on Australian taxpayers (those who are left if it is true that 40% of Australians and illegal migrants are totally supported through welfare programs)
    A radical plan would be to close Manus and Nauru and move any inhabitants directly to a UN refugee camp; which is where they should have gone in the first place. The plane should stop of in Australia to pick up the convicted rapists, paedophiles and drug dealers already there.

  5. P LeBas  

    I take it, the “spokespeople” for this plan…will feed and house them for 4 years????Yes?

  6. The greens are total wankers in this policy. Australia’s immigration policy is built upon acceptibiity. The last thing we need is a cohort of welfare depedent bludgers, whichis precisely what the green policy will ensure.

  7. Patricia  

    Once again a thought bubble from the greens, there is nothing radical here, its a fluff piece. Did they think that the indoneasians would appreciate being flooded again with economic refugees seeking passage accross the ocean. Yes close manus and naru but talk to our neighbours. The greens make me angry, they should be the real alternative , but just one thought bubble after another, bit like their new mates the lnp.

  8. SUSAN  

    We have enough bludging on and abusing the welfare system. We have diability and aged pensioners in fear of losing their pensions because they have been told that they are a drain on the country. I have seen first hand the shop lifting, abuse of Aussies and the destruction of the free houses given and neighborhoods by boat people who have flooded into our country. My sister is disabled and needed urgent medical and dental care and under the Disability Act etc was entitled to be seen. When it was hard to get her the treatment approached our local Federal member who was the female Prime Minister at the time who told us to go away and think of the refugees. My sister waited 21 months for an appointment is now unable to walk very far is nearly crippled and has gained 20 kgs due to inactivity. I am not against anyone coming here who is honest a hard worker and willing to integrate into our community. Don’t come her to change our way of life, rip us off and abuse our hospitality. Be productive members of our society. We don’t want or need your tribal violence. But has usual the greens have some happy stuff and they get some ill thought ideas.

  9. so long as the politicians pay for it out of thier own pockets. with they money saved by ignoring those aussie refugees living on the streets and the pittance they pay carers. Though I wish they would stop sucking up to their overseas masters and look after aussies first

  10. John Nesbitt  

    The people smugglers are eagerly awaiting the implementation of just such a policy either from Labor or the wacko greens!
    If it happens , brace for a huge flood of “refugees” and watch the money for useful purposes rapidly diminish as they drain our welfare system!

  11. Dr Di Natale is a fool as are the 1.5 million people who voted Greens last election. The Greens is the most un-Australian political party of all and I encourage everyone old enough to vote to read it’s manifesto.
    The planned moslem invasion of Europe and factions within the US, Canada, Australia, Indonesia and many other countries should send a warning bell for anyone. In fact only Japan, Angola and Hungary have said they will not take moslem refugees or immigrants because they don’t want to lose thier culture, freedom and democracy.
    If people want to be surrounded by fighting, angry moslems who wish to live under sharia law, head to the Middle East for a year or two and see just how well it works.
    I’ve been there, done that.

  12. Chris Rae  

    Just what skilled labour are we talking about.. We have enough skilled dole bludgers now without importing more.. Just where has common sense and logic gone.. We can not support these people.. We don’t even support all the people here properly .. We give more to the refugees than we do to our own pensioners who paid tax all there working lives.. Oh except the bloody politicians who bleed is like stuck pigs .. Look at what old Broni is walking away with.. If they work for us how come we don’t have a say in their pay rate .. Over the lot of lying thieving hypocrites

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