The premise of Waleed Aly's New York Times column is 4th hand hearsay from people who make money out of complaining about Australia.
Based on what the misery industry says, Aly has just told the world:
- Australia tortures people
- Australia’s detention regime is intentionally brutal as a punishment and warning to others
- People die in our care because we knowingly make only inadequate medical care available
- Australia knowingly destroys lives to deter others
His opinions about us come from reading reports written by Gillian Trigg's Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Watch, the United Nations and Amnesty International.
Mine come from a 3 week trek following asylum seekers from Somalia through transit countries, then onto a boat from Cilicap Indonesia to Christmas Island.
New Yorkers today are reading Waleed Aly stick it up Australia under the headline Australia's Poisonous Refugee Policy.
The country and culture that's given Waleed Aly so much opportunity is also the world's most generous provider of places for refugees, based on GDP and per head of population.
Asylum-seekers: Australia pulling its weight on refugees
Australia is the world’s most generous nation for resettling genuine refugees when calculated per head of population and by national wealth, pipping Canada and Norway.
Australia gave a new home to 11,570 of the world’s most vulnerable people last year by providing offshore humanitarian places to refugees approved by the UN’s Refugee Agency.
Many were languishing in refugee camps. New figures from the Refugee Council show the US resettled 77,011 refugees in 2014, followed by Canada, which resettled 12,277 people.
Australia comes in third, but when the resettlement figures are calculated by head of population the nation is the top provider of refugee places. It is followed by Canada, Norway and the US.
Australia also emerges as the most generous nation in the tally of resettlement places when they are calculated by GDP, followed by Canada and Finland.
The ability to provide humanitarian places for offshore refugees is seen as a significant dividend of stopping the flow of asylum-seeker boats to Australia.
Aly is the former head of public affairs (and a member of the executive committee ) of the Islamic Council of Victoria. So it's not surprising that it's always Australia cast as the torturer, dishing out brutal exemplary punishment, withholding vital medical care and destroying lives. We never hear this bloke use his platform to talk about the reason for the conflicts that people are said to be fleeing.
The world is falling over itself to give aid to the people in this clip. These poor buggers live in makeshift tents in what was a beautiful manicured park in Mogadishu, Somalia. Why? Islam.
What upsets me most, is that the aid can't get through because Waleed Aly's brand of Islam, the Sunnis of Saudi Arabia won't let it. They won't take a single refugee. They won't pay us for taking their share. And when we try to send in aid - it's blocked by the Sunni-backed Al-Shabaab terror group.
But according to Aly - it's Australia at fault.
It's the same story for the babies.
When we turned up at the baby health centre, this is the firepower we carried. Why? Islam.
The blokes in this clip were being held for longer than they wanted after negative security assessments at Christmas Island. I know their stories. I was there. According to Amnesty, Human Rights and sundry others enriched by the misery of others, they're being tortured by Australia's brutal regime.
Selective Sunni Aly wouldn't know their history but he's happy to take the misery industry's word for it. These men were awaiting trial in an Australian court for offences committed here in Australia. Offences which one explained as "so what, one day I go jungle" turned out to be a mass breakout and reign of terror over the locals. But to Waleed Aly the Human Rights Industry's reports are authoritative. There's only one side to his story.
Waleed drop the pretence at unbiased observations based on fact.
If you believe the misery industry, you are being conned. If you believe me, you should also check my sources to make sure I continue to deserve your trust.
But if you believe Waleed Aly and you vote, you place the future of our country in peril.
Here is some of my report after visiting Christmas Island Detention Centre.