Reza Berati was an architecture graduate who was looking for a job. He foolishly paid a people smuggler to bring him to Australia. The website www.architectureanddesign.com.au carried this story about its colleague on 5 March.
The architects are right. Berati was murdered. That means he was a victim of crime - and of a criminal. Police should be well advanced in their hunt for the offender. Contributions like those of the sneering notice board people at Mountview Uniting Church don't help bring the murderer to justice. It doesn't help anyone to pretend that the late Mr Berati was a refugee. And it's a terrible indictment on the churchman at the Mountview Church that it would equate the sacrifice of Our Lord, who Christians believe gave his life for us all with the murder of an Iranian man on Manus Island by a person or persons unknown.
Finally you lousy bastards, Government Policy isn't an amorphous notion that materialises and assumes the status of an object. Government Policies are created by people. In this instance they are known people of the same faith you profess, with families and feelings. Rather than actively killing, the life-saving policies of Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison have saved hundreds of lives compared with the results delivered by the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government's policy.
Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison did not with malice aforethought use an offensive weapon to wit a government policy to kill Reza Berati. You might feel smug and holier than thou spouting your offensive rubbish, but they are not the killers. Police will find the killer(s), charge him, her or them and bring them to justice. That is our system.
Justice should be allowed to run its course. Without misguided and unhelpful interjections from the giggling trendies at Mountview Uniting.
PS - this crap like the faux Christian display at Mitcham arises from the beautiful feelings of the beautiful people like those performing in the Senate in this story from The Australian dated 6 March 2014.
Mr O’Neill also questioned the proliferation of inquiries - five now under way, with a sixth likely - into the Manus centre where 23-year-old Iranian asylum-seeker Reza Berati died during a riot on February 17.
A Senate inquiry was set in motion late on Tuesday, launched primarily by the Greens, with Labor support. Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the Senate investigators should travel to Manus, “and get as much information ... as possible”.
Senator Hanson-Young refused to comment on reports that Berati - an architecture graduate - had come to Australia for economic reasons.
But migration agent Marion Le said she would have encouraged Mr Berati to return home and seek residency under Australia’s skilled migration program, which she urged the Abbott government to publicise more widely in Iran.
Mr O’Neill issued a stern riposte to Senator Hanson-Young’s call for Senate inquiry members to travel to Manus Island.
“I should point out that Manus is part of PNG and our jurisdiction applies there,” he said.
He said that some media had sought “to portray Manus locals as machete-wielding warriors who knocked down the fence and attacked the asylum-seekers”.
“Reports I have received suggest that none of the Manus villagers were involved in this violence ... such unverified reports paint a very bad picture of PNG, and Manus, and this upsets me,” Mr O’Neill said.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Canberra was working with Port Moresby on “a comprehensive independent review’’ in synchronisation with the police investigation and coronial inquiry.
“We support the government of PNG responding to any requests made by the Greens/Labor Senate inquiry as they deem appropriate, as it relates to their sovereign jurisdiction,’’ Mr Morrison said.
“The Greens and Labor can’t go round arrogantly treating PNG as if independence never happened. It’s no longer a territory under trust. They are a valued partner and should be treated like one.’’