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Gillard authorizes force to put asylum seekers onto planes

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A boat is intercepted by the Border Protection Command off Australia's north coast.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has indicated that authorities on Christmas Island will be authorised to use force to make sure asylum seekers get on board aircraft taking them to Malaysia.

The first boatload of people to be processed under the asylum seeker swap deal with Malaysia arrived on Christmas Island this morning. It held 54 refugees – mainly Afghan, Iraqi and Iranian males – and two crew.

This morning, Ms Gillard said the Government would “do what was necessary” to make sure the asylum seekers obeyed orders and would not rule out using force to make children board the planes to Malaysia.

“Obeying instructions here is not a question of volunteering,” she said.

“People will be given an instruction to board a plane. We will be looking to people to obey that instruction. If it’s not obeyed then we have security personnel, we have the Australian Federal Police, we also have counsellors available to talk things through with people.

“We are determined to get this done. The Australian Federal Police can speak on operational matters, but we will do what is necessary to ensure that people who are taken to Malaysia under the agreement are taken.”

Ms Gillard said she was not in a position to discuss if there were any children on the recently processed boat, but would not rule out the use of force on minors, saying there could be no “blanket exemptions” for children.

She said there would be a “pre-assessment procedure” which could see some vulnerable asylum seekers not being sent to Malaysia.

But she stopped short of confirming reports that the AFP could be authorised to use tear gas and beanbag bullets, which have been used several times during disturbances on Christmas Island.

A spokesman for the Australian Federal Police has told ABC News Online that officers will be empowered to use “the same options” they can use on the mainland.

According to AFP documents, these include Tasers, batons, tear gas, capsicum spray and handcuffs – but the guidelines emphasise the use of force should be the “minimum force reasonably necessary”.
Christmas Island delays

Meanwhile, despite Government promises that new asylum seekers would spend only 72 hours on Christmas Island, delays in signing leases on detention centres in Kuala Lumpur mean the first boatloads may be on the island for more than a month.

”It could take as long as a number of weeks for the first boatload to go – after that all boats will adhere to the 72-hour turnaround time,” a spokesman for Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said.

Ms Gillard conceded processing the first asylum seekers would “take some time”.

“I think it just stands to common sense that the first time you do something you learn along the way,” she said.

“And there are things that need to be done for that first time that then for the second time are more routine.

“When the system is up and in full operation those returns will happen in 72 hours.”


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2 Responses to " Gillard authorizes force to put asylum seekers onto planes "

  1. Baron Gifilte says:

    Can you imagine the furore if Abo’s did the same to Gizzard and her people?

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    • Joe says:

      If that was to happen,then the Abo’s would be living in extreme poverty or another race of people would colonize Australia.Are you a white person that is feeling guilt because Brittish royalty colonized Australia and put the Abo’s on reservations?Get over that white guilt.Colonization was the best thing that ever happened to Abo’s and black Africans and native Americans.Take a look at your world around you.You have morden devices that make life easier for you.You have vehicles to drive around town to get to your destinations much faster than walking or riding horse drawn wagons.Commercial airlines to fly to far away destinations that would take a few weeks to several months by boats or ships.Cell phones and e-mail and IPads to communicate in a few minutes or less thanks to satellites that were launched in to space by rockets that were invented along with these other devices by white men who were given birth to by white women!You should be proud of your white heritage!None of these devices were not invented by Abo’s or radical Islamic Muslims/terrorist or destitute black Somalian Muslim men and destitute Afghanistan Muslim men and stupid Pakistan Muslim men that hate you white Australian citizens and are raping your prescious young white women in Australia and the Scandinavian countries!Just to let you know about my racial make up,I am a black American man.I am enjoying all of these inventions that were made by white men and maybe a few “brainy”Asian men not of Pakistani origin!I think ungrateful white men/women like your self should convert to Islam and go live in an Islamic country!Let’s see you do that!How long do you think that you could tolerate sharia laws and do you think that you could celebrate Ramadan?I bet that you would be wanting to reconvert back to Christianity and would want to devorce your dumb and submissive sand-nigger wife and move back home to Australia and marry a beautiful white(pale face)Australian woman.

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