Wednesday, October 9, 2013


David Leyonhjelm. Compassion for a fee: David Leyonhjelm wants to charge asylum seekers $50,000 for entry into Australia. Photo: James Alcock
Liberal Democrats senator-elect David Leyonhjelm has proposed an open door asylum-seeker policy that would charge people $50,000 for permanent residency in Australia.
Mr Leyonhjelm, who will join the Senate on July 1, will be one of eight senators from minor parties who will hold the balance of power in the upper house.
Notice how the presence of minor parties holding the 'balance of power' is not an issue to the corporate media in a Liberal government?
He wants to keep access to welfare and other benefits exclusive to Australian citizens and then open up the nation's front door to asylum-seekers - at a cost of $50,000.
"People are coming to Australia, they don't have work skills but they still find it attractive from a welfare point of view," he said.
"(Under the proposed policy) when you get here you're allowed to work, –interesting bout of honesty from an elected public servant about how they actually view us– you don't get locked up, but you don't have access to welfare."
It would then become an economic consideration for asylum-seekers, he said.
i ask you to pause and consider this statement about "an economic consideration". Asylum seekers are fleeing oppression, but this racist David Leyonhjelm is clearly not interested in human rights. Who can afford to pay $50k to come here? Those who are already paying to come here. And, why isn't David asking the tribal elders whether people are allowed to come here and under what conditions?
"If you don't think you can get a job and support yourself, you don't come," he said.
"They would say to themselves: 'Is it worth my while spending $50,000 to come here, knowing that if I can't get a job it's money down the drain'?".
Mr Leyonhjelm said Australia was currently spending a fortune to send the navy out to intercept boats.
"The tariff would be a little bit more expensive than what it costs to pay for a trip to Malaysia to bribe everybody to get in," he said.
"My prediction is that Tony Abbott's policy won't work. He might reduce the number of boats for a little while but I don't think it's a permanent solution."
Mr Leyonhjelm also confirmed his party would oppose the Coalition's paid parental leave scheme because it takes money from people without children to give to those with kids. –How?
He doesn't believe this at all, it is political posturing to extract a deal for rich business man & companies.
But he said he could be persuaded to support the $5.5 billion-a-year plan if it came with the trade off of dropping the company tax rate to 20 per cent.
Racist Dave is a mouthpiece for big business.
"We're a small government party so any of those big spending grand ideas that involve spending other people's money, we'll oppose those," Mr Leyonhjelm told Sky News on Sunday.
All the resources on this island is owned by the tribes.
"A net reduction in the tax burden would be what I'm looking for."
The Coalition's six-month wage-replacement leave scheme will be partly funded by a 1.5 per cent levy on about 3000 large businesses.
To compensate, the coalition plans to drop the tax rate for all companies by 1.5 points to 28.5 per cent.
"Paid parental leave is bad in principle," Mr Leyonhjelm said.

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