8 Sep 2004, Comments (0)

Cats and dogs

Author: Helen

Cast Iron Balcony has temporarily been out of action. I was meaning to blog about Trish Worth, hanging on doggedly (ha) to her seat by a narrow margin and causing a catfight (ha, ha) with her thoughtless remark about asylum seekers

I would like to point out that poor Trish had the comparison completely arse about. I have been to the website which contains the Australian Government regulations and checked out how long you are likely to stay behind bars if you are a furry pet as opposed to, for instance, an Afghani child.

If your name is Snuffy or Spot and you have four legs instead of two, you will only have to stay a maximum of 60 days in detention– that’s for places considered more suss, like Nauru (!), Papua New Guinea and Samoa. However, for most countries, the most you will have to endure will be 30 days.

Let’s compare and contrast this with how long human children and their families who arrive by boat have to stay behind the razor wire.

* The longest a child has been in detention with a family is 5.5 years.
* In January 2003, the average length of detention for children was more than one year and three months.
* By April 2003, 50 children had been in detention for more than 2 years. All of those children were in detention with one or more parents.

In fact, the High Court recently found that there is no reason, as far as they can see, why the Federal government shouldn’t keep you there forever.

That’s a considerable bit longer than the time Binky or Sniffy have to remain incarcerated. I’m sure Trish was trying to make the point that we should try to treat boat arrivals at least as well as domestic pets. I reckon that was the point she was trying to make when she was so rudely howled (heh heh!) down.

Comments (0)

  • Rowen says:

    Indeed. What’s six years in dog years?

  • Boondoggler says:

    Dear Ferrous Castaway … luved the blog … yes, that Trish Worth needs a long holiday in a detention camp alright, in fact they all do – but I think the opps are not doing well at the moment – still, it’s early days yet, and maybe the libs’ cynicism re the truth and their smarmy front will shine so strongly, that we can still give them the arse … Che lives … regards

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