Sink the boats!!
Asylum seekers fleeing terror sail
To Oz in leaky boats, and many drown.
But Mr Abbott says he’ll stop them, tow
Them back to Indonesia; Bambang says
‘No way!’ Says Abbott: ‘Look, America
Has done this well with Cubans.’ No, not true,
The US program’s failed, and contravenes
Law of the Sea. Lib’s program’s even worse,
For US has at least consent of lands
To which it takes them back, agrees to take
Good care of them en route, processes true
Asylum seekers: are they refugees?
If boats are leaking, folk are brought aboard,
And leaky boat destroyed. The law forbids
Return of folk to persecution. Libs
Don’t meet these international rules, must race
The other side to show the toughest stance.
So US has a better policy
Than Abbott’s, though in thirty years it seems
It hasn’t worked: each year some thousands reach
US by boat. What makes our Libs regard
Their poorer copy likely to succeed?
“Tow back’ has never worked, is fraught with risk,
Against the law, will kill more of these
So desperate folk. A complex problem needs
A regional approach, not slogans loud
And stupid from a man who just wants power.