Letter to the Editor-June 24: Pay-off, deportation different

PETER Fox (Letters, June 20) can't see the difference between our government paying an airline to transport a deported person, and paying a criminal to return asylum seekers to Indonesia.

I wonder if Mr Fox can tell the difference between paying National Parks staff to do hazard reduction burns, and waiting until an arsonist starts a bushfire, then tracking them down and giving them a handful of $100 bills?

Or perhaps Mr Fox might see the difference, when a drug dealer has been caught selling heroin in a pub, between paying police to arrest him and destroy the drugs, and letting the drug dealer go free after paying him thousands of dollars to flush the heroin down the nearest toilet.

If the Abbott's government's aim is, as stated, to destroy the people smugglers' business model, doubling their income using Australian taxpayers' money seems an odd way to go about it.

Instead of making a big display of how cruel we can be to refugees as a deterrent, why doesn't the government instead make a big display of arresting the smugglers and putting them on trial with potential long jail sentences awaiting those found guilty?

Amid all the chest-beating, I can't recall hearing news of that ever happening.

JOHN KRAMER



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