Fence To Be Built Between Australia And Indonesia

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Work will begin next month on a 3,000 km fence stretching from Christmas Island to Cape York Peninsula, following the failure of existing measures to keep out boat people.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced the major building project this morning, pointing to Australia’s rich history of fence building. “Keeping out pests with fences is part of Australia’s fabric,” he told reporters. “In the 1880s we built the 5,600km dingo fence. At the turn of last century, the rabbit-proof fence in Western Australia. It’s time to restore this tradition and, in doing so, ensure the security of our borders”.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the project – which is tipped to cost in excess of $20 billion, but create as many as 10,000 jobs – will provide a valuable economic boost to Australia’s north. “This government is building the fences of the 21st Century,” he said.

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10 Comments

  1. Tony

    July 29, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Here’s a tip. On the farm, if the ground is soggy and you’re sinking holes for fence posts, just chuck in a handful of cement per hole to firm things up. In this case, chuck in a billion tons of cement per hole and she’ll be apples.

    • Maybe Satire

      July 29, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Based upon an earlier Shovel exclusive, they can use the poor which this government abolished.

      • Dan

        July 29, 2014 at 5:12 pm

        Soylent fence is PEOPLE?!

  2. Miles

    July 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    To facilitate the building of the fence, the Royal Australian Navy will reactivate her fleet of boom defence vessels, last used to lay anti-submarine nets in Darwin Harbour during World War II. To avoid illegal boats from bypassing the fence around Christmas Island, there is also a proposal to extend the fence down to Rottnest Island near Perth.

  3. Sass

    July 30, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Hilarious comment thanx Dan. Did you see the reference too in Cloud Atlas?

  4. Squirrel

    July 30, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Thank you, The Shovel, for another brilliant piece of satire. I sometimes picture you all sitting down in a room together and each adding a morsel to the wonderful meal you create for our enjoyment.

  5. Andrea

    July 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    They are busy constructing thick, high, ugly fences in our own country, between rich and poor, healthy and sick, employed and unemployed, educated and uneducated, home-owners and homeless. They will be remembered as great fence builders rather than fence menders.

  6. Luke Weyland

    July 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    There is this boat person from England I would like to see returned to where he came from. His name is Anthony John Abbott. Is it too late? If so, can we send him to Cambodia?

  7. Vacy

    July 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Abbot most likely, as with the US/Mexico fence, will call on his mate, Israel for tenders.

  8. CK

    July 31, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Finally something that beats The Great Wall!