6 Sep 2006, Comments Off on Flinging Faruquie Out

Flinging Faruquie Out

Author: Helen

Why are Amanda Vanstone and her monkeys going to such an effort to kick this man out of the country?


Today, the hard men and women of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs had intended to set a deadline for ‘removing’ Muhammad Faruquie from Australia. ‘Remove’ is the immigration department’s euphemism for deport. After 19 years in Australia he was to be ‘removed’ to Pakistan.

Very well, he started off as an overstayer. Nineteen years ago – and he’s been working to rectify the situation for about a decade. He’s received encouragement from DIMIA itself.

So, he must be a suspicious character, right? Smoke, fire, and all that?

Well… it would be pretty difficult for him to have built a distinguished career in the New South Wales police force if he was really some kind of bomb-toting nutter.

Image from http://www.brushtail.com.au/july_06_on/faruquie.html

His workmates and friends are begging DIMIA to let him stay. But DIMIA is really, really keen to kick him out.

Why? There are tens of thousands of overstayers in Australia at any one time, most of them British or Irish. Why not start on some of them?

But, you’re right, I don’t know much about Muhammad Faruquie. I shouldn’t even be blogging this. So, here’s a challenge. Can anyone find a good reason why Muhammad Faruquie should be made to leave this country after nearly twenty years?

It couldn’t possibly be because he’s a brown person with a Muslim-sounding name, could it? Because the White Australia policy was chucked out years ago.

Wasn’t it?

Update: First suggestion: Maybe he’s a member of the sinister Al-Gebra movement. Hey, with the level of our “intelligence”, anything’s possible.
Any others?

Comments (0)

  • tigtog says:

    Oh no! Not an Al-Gebraic meanie!

    Seriously, what a great way to win the hearts and minds of our recent Muslim immigrants. Why should they have any fellow-feeling with us when we allow our government to do something like this?

  • Sedgwick says:

    Hey, maybe he’s a member of the even more sinister NSW police force, a former associate of Roger bin Rogerson no doubt.

  • shula says:

    I’d love to leave a comment about this, but if I did I would run the risk of being arrested on sedition charges, where I could be held for up to 14 days without legal representation or charges laid.

    sad, isn’t it?

  • Helen says:

    Here you are, Shula (I have this on my sidebar, but it’s not displaying – it’s part of my blogroll / housekeeping “to do” list.

    http://www.brushtail.com.au/july_05_on/sedition_stamp_downloads.html

    Oh, re putting your kids photos on the web. I disagree with your SO. If you thought that, you wouldn’t let them into the supermarket, mall or a school with a playground visible from the street (much easier to find out where they live, too.) You’d have to go to a lot of trouble to track a child from a family/personal blog. And I don’t accept JonBenet as an example; her parents displayed her in a public forum in highly sexualised costumes. Apples and oranges.

    The only reason I don’t do it more is that my posts about children come out as too twee, so they go into the cyber-dustbin.

  • shula says:

    lol! thanks for that.

    As to the photos, it’s more a feeling thing than rational for me. I don’t suggest for a minute that nobody should do it. Laid Off Dad just tapped into an anxiety of mine that I ran with. It’s a personal issue.

    I lived for many years with a man who’d done a lot of jail time. He saw things that left him scarred for life regarding men who do Very Bad Things to Children, and he was always very anxious about exposing my girl to any kind of risk, real or imagined. The school playground, actually, was one of his anxieties, and he would happily have gone to school everyday and watched over her at playtime.

    Some of that anxiety rubbed off onto me, and I still tend to err on the side of caution. But I applaud people who can be more relaxed about it.

    BTW, Hal Porter’s Watcher on the Cast Iron Balcony is one of my all time favourite Australian books.

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