Now Australia shames the UK!

#1
I'm truly :censored: outraged that every other country can do this except us :pissedoff:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7338317.stm

Australian homes for Iraq workers
By Phil Mercer
BBC News, Sydney

Australia is to offer a permanent home to hundreds of its Iraqi employees when Canberra pulls its combat forces out of the Gulf later this year.

It follows fears the Iraqis will face retribution for working for Australia.

A special team of immigration officials has been assigned to fast-track their visa applications.

The government says it does not want to repeat the mistakes of the Vietnam War, when Australia left behind almost all local staff during a hasty withdrawal.

On a recent visit to Iraq, senior Australian government ministers were urged by troops not to abandon local staff when Canberra withdraws.

Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has acknowledged the dangerous work many Iraqis have undertaken to help Australian forces in the south of the country.

"Anti-coalition forces have deliberately targeted individuals working with Australian troops and their partners in southern Iraq," he said in a statement.

All locally-hired employees and their families will be eligible.

"We expect up to 600 Iraqis will be involved in the process," he said.

"Interpreters and translators there have played a very significant role in assisting us in terms of strategy and of course, protection. And we do feel that we have a moral obligation to them, to resettle them here in Australia."

Objections

The Iraqis who decide to accept Australia's offer will subject to strict health and security checks.

Spain and Denmark agreed to resettle employees and their families after their troops pulled out of Iraq in 2004 and 2007.

After Australia pulled out of Saigon during the Vietnam War, hundreds of locals working for both Australian and American forces were thought to have been persecuted or murdered.

Some human rights campaigners have criticised the plan to grant visas to Iraqi translators and other administrative staff.

They have insisted thousands of refugees who have fled the violence in Iraq also deserve to be offered sanctuary by the Australian authorities.
 
#2
And, you'll notice, this is the country on which our new Points-Based immigration system is based.

Shame we're not basing a few other things on them as well: honour, duty, obligation and moral imperative spring to mind.
 
#3
just an idea, how about if the MOD could somehow promise the Iraqis who worked for the british contingent jobs in the UK? would that help them or force the gov a bit to help them over?
is there a posibility of letting them join the military officially perhaps?
 
#5
DrStealth said:
just an idea, how about if the MOD could somehow promise the Iraqis who worked for the british contingent jobs in the UK? would that help them or force the gov a bit to help them over?
is there a posibility of letting them join the military officially perhaps?
Unless, the Home Secretary exercises his discretion, that will not work. The Iraqis will never be able to get a work permit because they do not possess the necessary skills to qualify for one (and rightly so).

Again, I am not sure why the Home Secretary is so unwilling to exercise his discretion. Perhaps he is afraid that will pave the way for hordes of Iraqis to claim asylum in the UK. As well, he could be afraid that allowing them in will be an admission that Basra is in no way under control. Just a guess but that would explain the government's reluctance to act swiftly or to debate the issue publicly.
 

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#6
Scabster_Mooch said:
Just a guess but that would explain the government's reluctance to act swiftly or to debate the issue publicly.
I think you'll find a lack of integrity and honour at the heart of this Governments reluctance.
 
#7
I thought that this mess of dis-loyalty to Terps by HMG had been sorted now? Or have I been snorting too much granulated coffee?
 
#8
Scabster_Mooch - I think that you will find that the current Home Secretary is a she, not a he. She is the appallingly out of her depth Jacqui Smith. As such, she fits in perfectly with the rest of the clowns in the government.
 
#9
mnairb said:
Scabster_Mooch - I think that you will find that the current Home Secretary is a she, not a he. She is the appallingly out of her depth Jacqui Smith. As such, she fits in perfectly with the rest of the clowns in the government.
Oops. I've not been keeping up with the news as much as I would have liked to.

I wish she put in as much effort in this issue as she did re the Civil Partnership Act 2004. She was a vocal proponent of that bill and she argued the case well.
 
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I'm not outraged at all. I've worked for a few foreign governments in my time helping on various big MoD projects.....I don't feel as though they owe me anything.

A job is a job, you accept the terms, get paid and crack on.
 
#15
When people left the French Foreign Legion they were given their passports back, and not given residency. I don't understand what all the fuss is about? Why should they be given automatic residency for their work with us? I appreciate that they do a good job, and are a valuable resource, but they know the score.
 
#16
If we were considering Iraqis as possible immigrants, wouldn't it make sense to cose those capable of doing dangerous and demanding work, requiring use of English, undiverted by religious extremisim and with a commitment to democracy and those attempting to implement it? Or should we not instead take either dissidents or worse representatives of the old regime or extremists?

Take your time...
 
#17
smudge67 said:
When people left the French Foreign Legion they were given their passports back, and not given residency. I don't understand what all the fuss is about? Why should they be given automatic residency for their work with us? I appreciate that they do a good job, and are a valuable resource, but they know the score.
I take your point but not the best analogy- those leaving the Legion are rarely under threat of death because they served France. We would have found life very much more difficult without these people and their service. Just because there are no t's and c's covering UK residency it does not mean that it cannot be done. How many people are we really talking about anyhow? What sort of message does this send out in the future when we are operating abroad?
 

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