There are ten Chinese, some of them children, who want to go to New Zealand and join there some friends who share their religious belief, which is Falun Gung. It is my modest proposal that five thousand dollars be found to fly them from Darwin to Auckland, money they will agree to pay back within five years, and further money, whatever it is, and it might be ten thousand dollars, to pay a man to deliver their boat in a safer season to an agreed-on destination in New Zealand. I will put up five hundred dollars, and I ask that nine other people do the same.
This will mean they will not die in rough seas on the way, or cost us tens of thousands of dollars detaining them, and they will escape the tyranny they are fleeing, and their children grow up in a safe, green place with a good education system, and become good citizens as Chinese tend to do.
If we do this it may encourage the federal government and some state governments to deal with other boat people in the same way, flying them from, say, Malaysia or Indonesia to New Zealand, which could serve as either their destination or our offshore processing centre. It will be cheaper than any other alternative and not involve the imprisoning or moral endangering of children.
And not cost us, over time, any money.
Who’s with me?