From JOHN PASQUARELLI
The Australian boatpeople saga took an interesting turn last week when the story of Papuans coming across Torres Strait in dinghies surfaced in the Australian media.
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The fact that 120 people apparently made the trip should have meant a huge story but like a lot of politicians, the journos were asleep at the wheel and there was not a single TV image.
According to reports, Australian immigration officials seized the dinghies and the Papuans were 'sent packing' back to Daru.
It is alleged that the Papuans were carrying false Australian citizenship documents but until the PNG media investigates, we are all in the dark somewhat.
Illegal boatpeople from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka regularly arrive on Australian shores and many of these people are culturally-incompatible with mainstream Australians, especially the Muslims with their often unveiled contempt for the traditional Australian/Christian culture but this does not stop them embracing all the benefits that Australia affords, including Centrelink and all the other welfare 'goodies.'
Many ex-PNG expats find it hypocritical and confusing that Australian immigration can send the Papuans 'packing' but literally welcome other illegals to our shores.
The situation is of course complex but woe betide Australian authorities if the thousands of West Papuan refugees decide to hop into their canoes and dinghies.