Since that time there has been two revealing interviews on what happened when the Howard government DID turn back the boats.
Ritchie: …It's a legitimate Navy operation. It's something that Navy's have done over centuries and if the government gives a direction to do it, they will do it and they’ll do it well.
Easterley: Why did the practice stop when it did?
Ritchie: No more boats came.
Easterley: None at all?
Ritchie: None at all. None at all.
The foreign minister under the Howard government, reminded listeners that turning around the boats “was quite simple.”
Before Rudd’s term, the Navy intercepted the boats and towed them to the end of Indonesian waters. “We didn’t ask the Indonesians for permission,” he said.
“We basically took the view that these were Indonesian boats, crewed by Indonesians, flying Indonesian flags, which were bringing people illegally to our country.”
An astonished Downer couldn’t hide his dismay. “I noticed the other day, Mr Rudd went to Indonesia and signed an agreement with the Indonesians that we wouldn’t act unilaterally to protect our own borders. I’d never do that.
“We have a perfect right to protect our borders as a country. We don’t have to get anyone else’s permission to do that.
“We’re sending a message now to the people smugglers - which you should never do – ‘Oh, we absolutely would never turn back the boats, it’s difficult, it’s dangerous, the Indonesians don’t like it…’
“In other words, come on over to Australia. The door is open and the Navy is just waiting to assist you to land on our shores.”
As well, Downer says it’s “heartbreaking to watch” Rudd’s dismantling of Howard’s successful policy.
“The first task of our Navy is to protect our borders,” a truth Rudd doesn’t grasp. “That’s why we have a Navy.” (Thanks Menzies House)
To wear down the fabric of society by allowing in more immigrants and making Britain more multi-cultural. Andrew Neather, who worked for Jack Straw when he was Home Secretary, and as a speech writer for Mr Blair, claimed a secret Government report in 2000 called for mass immigration to change Britain's cultural make-up forever. ) (link)Shame, Shame, Shame.