‘If you want to stop migrants crossing the Mediterranean, don’t let them set foot on land’

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged the EU to introduce tough measures to stop desperate migrants attempting to make the perilous sea voyage from North Africa to Europe.

Mr Abbott, whose conservative government introduced a military-led operation to turn back boats carrying asylum-seekers before they reach Australia, said it was the only way to stop deaths.

While Mr Abbott’s controversial policy has proved successful, with the nation going nearly 18 months with virtually no asylum-seeker boat arrivals and no reported deaths at sea, human rights advocates say it violates Australia’s international obligations. (Ed. Who gives a Flying Fxxx?)

His comments came after a fishing vessel crammed with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya in the early hours of Sunday morning, leaving up to 900 dead, and as EU foreign and interior ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss ways to stem the flood of people trying to reach Europe.

  • tom_billesley

    For many of these invader boats there’s no real “attempt to make the perilous sea voyage from North Africa to Europe”. The traffickers take them a short distance from Libya then abandon them, telling them to use a cell phone to call the Italian Coast Guard. They don’t put enough fuel in the boat to make a crossing.

    • winniec

      Are the Mafia running this scam?

      • tom_billesley

        Organized crime will take a cut out of any welfare operations in southern Italy.

  • Ron MacDonald

    The UN wants them to move to Europe.

  • David Murrell

    It is interesting to compare the migrant situations, between Europe and Australia. Both are small continents, but the European Community is far more populous (at 350-million?) as compared with Australia (18-million?). But Australia has a strong, unified government, and a conservative government, whereas Europe is weak-kneed liberal.

  • Gettingby

    Every time this story is mentioned the death toll increases…500 now up to 950. How big was this fishing boat?

    • Doug Kursk

      It’s a magic fishing boat, much like Dr. Who’s Tardis!…the numbers increase depending on whose agenda is in play.

  • winniec

    Abbott’s method is SAVING LIVES and reducing suffering and harm.

  • Barrington Minge

    Lucky Austrlia. A leader with real guts.

  • MannieP

    Sink the boats, and don’t rescue boats in distress. They will stop coming. If they land, put them into concentration camps. They will stop coming.

    Alternatively: Change the national language to Arabic.

  • You should see how this topic is treated in the European media, esp. TV. They only talk of “migrants” (i/o invaders), and decry a “humanitarian catastrophe” (failing to mention that the victims are volunteers, they are not forced to go to sea by anyone) – they only allow commentators who say “let them in” and are very careful to ignore (fail to address) the threat of one million new arrivals this year 2015 alone. There seems to be little hope for Europeans to avoid being taken over within a few years by the savages, since they are too weak-minded to react forcefully and save their skins. They will see the very people whom they had pity on ruthlessly turn against them and kill them and their children, or at least enslave them or forcefully convert them to Islam. It is suicide on a grand scale.

    • Brett_McS

      Sad. Both parties in Australia campaigned on a ‘stop the boats’ platform at the last election because public support for it is overwhelming, even among Labor voters. Abbott had more credibility on the issue because Labor had dropped the ball in their term.

      • Yeah, Australia has proved wiser and tougher. Maybe all Europeans should emigrate there!

  • Remember- these are the same sort of people who threw Christians overboard.

    Why would anyone want them in their country?