Australia has taken its “tough on immigration” policy to a whole new level by deciding that child molestation isn’t quite as serious as seeking asylum.
The island nation – which has a crippling fear of brown people but isn’t quite so worried about sexual predators – delivered the judgment on Wednesday when it sentenced disgraced Cardinal George Pell to six years in prison. Pell was found guilty of molesting two boys in the ’90s.
Meanwhile, award-winning author Behrouz Boochani has been imprisoned indefinitely on Manus Island since 2013. His much worse crime was to flee persecution in his home country of Iran and seek refuge in Australia.
“I consider this sentence highly appropriate,” the sentencing judge said. “Sure, Pell may have ruined two boys’ lives and been complicit in countless other crimes against children. But at least he didn’t come here on a boat.”
Former Prime Minister John Howard – the man whose immigration policies eventually led to Boochani’s indefinite imprisonment – has publicly defended Pell. In a letter to the court, Howard described Pell as “a person of both high intelligence and exemplary character.”
That same man once accused asylum seekers of throwing their own children into the ocean to get into Australia.
Sources have told The Tragic Traveller that even though Pell’s sentence is light, the bastard will probably get shanked in prison anyway.