Once again asylum-seekers have met unnecessary deaths at sea. People smugglers are to blame.
Letters - Canberra Times, November 04, 2011We need to break their business plan by offering, for a similar price, a safe passage to Australia by air. Why doesn't the Government license an agency that will do just that?The agency would operate wherever people smugglers are to be found. The stream of asylum-seekers would end up in the same place as if they came by boat, eg, on-shore detention.They would comprise a small additional stream to that now arriving by air and could be in lieu of part of that much larger stream. Presently asylum-seekers arriving by air are virtually ignored. Australians seem to tolerate them because they are processed before entry.The cost to government of implementing this idea would be much less than any alternative. There need be no increase in the total number of asylum-seekers. The smugglers will be run out of business and the drowning will stop.Peter Carden, Hughes