The cartoon backed up the editorial view – the stabbing death this week was Labor’s fault.
As the editorial explained: An Iranian refugee to Australia yesterday appeared in court on charges of stabbing a man to death at Westfield Parramatta. Horrified witnesses claimed the man, an Australian resident since being granted a protection visa in 2010, allegedly stabbed his victim repeatedly with a large knife. The accused killer, Kazem Mohammadi Payam, arrived in Australian waters in 2009. Officials say he carried no identification, yet he was still granted a protection visa the following year. Until 2013, when then-prime minister Kevin Rudd finally restored measures that would deter unidentified arrivals from obtaining Australian residency, discarding visas was a common ruse used by claimed asylum seekers. Having used visas for flights to Indonesia, they were thrown away for the final leg of the journey to Australia.
The Sydney Daily Telegraph has moved on from sniping at its Sydney rival granny Herald. The world is now its oyster with this morning’s editorial getting stuck in to the New York Times.
The Times, you see, had had the temerity recently to criticise Australia’s attempts to secure its borders, claiming that Australia is “pursuing draconian measures to deter people without visas from entering the country by boat”.
Aside from this being an intrusion into the sovereign affairs of another nation, the New York Times is clearly ignorant of the circumstances surrounding many asylum seeker arrivals. It isn’t that arrivals didn’t or don’t have visas. It is that the documents were deliberately discarded prior to reaching Australian territory. In other words, the very first act committed by these arrivals upon reaching their potential new home was one of dishonesty, intended to thwart background investigations.
The Times continued: “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, said recently that “something strange happens” in the minds of Australians when it comes to asylum seekers who arrive by boat without a visa.
On the contrary, there is nothing strange at all about wanting to know in detail the background of potential immigrants. The US requires similar checks, as do most other nations on Earth.
Presentation of a visa or other identifying documentation is simply standard procedure.