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Bob Brown, Senator for Tasmania

07 July 2003

Polite Vietnamese Face Trickery

“The initial labelling by Minister Philip Ruddock of the 54 Vietnamese asylum seekers now on Christmas Island as economic ‘opportunists’ has seriously prejudiced their chances of fair assessment,” Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

“There have been serious human rights abuses in Vietnam in the last few months and years and the Minister’s pre-judgement was illiterate.

“The boat-people now face the trickery whereby if they tell officials they are fleeing repression they will be further assessed but if they say they want a job they will be rejected out of hand. The politeness of the Vietnamese may be their downfall,” Senator Brown said.

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Author: Ben Oquist