Australia’s ‘Stop The Boats’ Campaign Is Rooted In Naive Rhetoric

Children Waiting To Be Let In. © Australian Democrats

The world population is approaching seven billion.  According to UN estimates revised in 2010, by 2050 it will have hit 9.3 billion, by 2100; 10.1 billion.

It would seem that the world is getting fairly crowded.

This will strain the earth’s resources and the disparity between rich and poor will increase as the accessibility of goods like food, water and sanitary living conditions will become even harder for certain parts of the world.

According to experts this will create a huge flood of asylum seekers across the world as wealthier countries have to deal with the burden of foreigners on their strained natural resources.

Australia’s anti-immigration lobby suffered a set back this week with its High Court ruling that the deal to process 800 Malaysian asylum seekers offshore in Malaysia in exchange for receiving over 4000 Malaysian refugees that have already been processed is unlawful.

Of course, this measure was largely symbolic of the anti-immigration campaign as it does little to curb the number of immigrants arriving in Australia but it does highlight the tension in the country over the arrival of ‘boat people’.
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