The about face by the Gillard Government over the so called Pacific Solution for processing alleged refugees, AKA boat people, has seen the expectations of Manus Island and Nauru residents rise. Manus Island has demanded that their businesses, fishermen, farmers and labour be used instead of the imports that were used last time. This is not an unreasonable request and is probably a cheaper solution if done competently. Of course we have not taken into consideration the complete ineptitude of the Gillard Government who have proved over and over again that they can’t even organise a piss-up in a brewery.
Last time the refugees were housed in air-conditioned comfort and given mobile phones and electronic entertainment. These living conditions are better than the local islanders enjoy, and cost the Australian tax payer a fortune. We should get hard-nosed and supply tents or the small one man tents that the charities give to the homeless people in the Australian cities. If the refugees want to use the huts they can help the local people repair them.
I see no reason why they can’t be fed by the local population, after all it’s better than pasta or rice once a day that other countries supply. If they have religious dietary problems they should have considered that before going to the people smugglers and gate-crashing a Christian country.
The last thing to put in place will be the temporary protection visas and disallowing family reunion, this will happen more sooner than later. Oh and why do they have pocket money, free tobacco products and free everlasting legal aid? I bet the legal aid providers cash flow will dry up when Manus and Nauru come on-line.