Stop The Boats Nuno Lajoso

Labor and the Coalition are locked in a death struggle to see who can ‘stop the boats’. Labor tried one way – it didn’t work. Then they steadily tried everything the Coalition wanted. It still didn’t work.

That’s because (whisper it quietly) . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . you can’t stop the boats.

No matter what any government does, they will come, from now till Doomsday.

You can’t stop the boats.

Instead of trying to do the impossible, start dealing with reality.

You can’t stop them coming, so how do we get them here as safely as possible, and how do we make best use of them once they’re here?

By running our own boats . . . . and flights.

By educating them: teaching them English, and a trade or profession.

By giving them basic jobs they can do, like working on farms and orchards, or in factories, hospitals, in the mines, in the regions, earning while they learn.

And once they are settled and earning, they can start repaying the cost of their passage and their education and training.

By which time they will be settled, productive and most importantly, grateful Australians.

The Indonesians and Malaysians should tip in a contribution, too, to thank us for taking the problem off their hands.

You can’t stop the boats.

But you can stop the inhumanity. And in the long run, we will all profit, too.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)