"It's hard to establish one way or another," he said.
"If we can't establish those claims there is not much more we can do.
"Probably there is not much you could do about it anyway."
Nice sentiments from our foreign minister, making sure us Ozzies are not being tortured on their way to being taken to the US, sorry, Gitmo (which is a legal quirk all by itself).
See the SMH article here
Habib was taken in Pakistan. We know this because one of our dipos reported this. He was then taken to Gitmo via Egypt. What did our government do? Nothing. Why? Because Habib was an angry muslim with some mental issues (he had AVOs against a bunch of people), that the yanks were convinced was a player in the old AQ. Therefore he did not meet the all important 'character test' to receive our diplomatic efforts on his behalf.
If Habib was such a player, why did the yanks let him go? Of course here he's still a figure of "interest". And when these lovely anti-terror laws come in ASIO won't need to sic a junior trainee to follow him around. They'll be able to monitor him from the electronic cuff they place on his leg.
F_ck me, I hope there's no one I know who gets messed with overseas and requires help from the government.
Such as Robert Jovic. See here. He's a junkie ex crim with a lengthy criminal record. He's also lived in Australia since he was two. After doing his time Ruddock sent him to live in Serbia, where his parents came from (even though Jovic was born in France). Jovic doesn't speak the language. Furthermore the Serbs have not recognised his identity and he can't get identity papers. As a result he is living on the streets near the Oz embassy.
This government does not give a shit about him. Why would they? He's someone they can cut from society because they can. Not because it was right to do. Because he has a criminal record and has a failed 'character'.
I joined Amnesty today. F_ck the government and their offensive anti-humanity platform. I'm just waiting for the day when they start staffing DIMIA with cyborgs with their emotion chips removed.
'I'M SORRY - YOUR APPLICATION WAS DENIED. AGENT R148 WILL ESCORT YOU TO THE PLANE WHERE YOU WILL BE DROPPED OFF IN ANOTHER COUNTRY AND FORCED TO FEND FOR YOURSELF. MAY I SUGGEST SEEKING ACCOMODATION IN A HOSPICE.'
Oh whoops. I mixed up my Australian's booted overseas. That's Vivian Alvarez...