Australia's special envoy John McCarthy met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this evening and discussed a range of issues including preventing would be illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka reaching Australia.
John McCarthy is a special envoy of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and he met several government and other officials during his stay in Sri Lanka over the past few days.
Comments - 9
Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:05 AM
Perhaps John could explain to the Sri Lankans the trials and tribulations witnessed by the Australian governments and how effective is the administration has become since the Federation was formed.
Australia and Sri Lanka have similarities. Size of population is more or less the same.
In Jan 26, 1788 two British ships entered Port Jakson from Botany Bay. They saw a fine harbour. Surgeon - General, John white declared it to be the finest and most extensive harbour in the universe. He said Tincomalee at Ceylon, acknowledge as one of the world's best harbours, could not be compared with it.
There are comparisons. There are similarities. But over the last two centenaries common sense that prevailed in the two countries differed vastly.
In Sri Lanka, nationalism of the majority community overshadowed common sense. It is not too late to rectify.
John McCarthy could be of great help in the healing process.
Thursday, 25 February 2010 07:43 PM
Prime minister of Austaralia, it is a shame to waste time with Sri Lanka.
Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:28 AM
John. Why don`t you put some sense in to our rulers .Because they are only going behind Rupees and cents.
Thursday, 25 February 2010 12:47 PM
Before handing over any money make sure who is behind the sudden influx of Tamil asylum seekers into Australia
Thursday, 25 February 2010 04:58 AM
What was the message is it something really tough
Thursday, 25 February 2010 05:06 AM
john, ask Mr.President, y still people are coming to australia illegally when they say PEACE in Sri Lanka??
Thursday, 25 February 2010 05:29 AM
John, Please deport sri lankans( either sinhala or tamil) who make noise in Australia. Do not allow them to spoil Aussi.
Thursday, 25 February 2010 05:46 AM
Did he touch on General's arrest also?
Thursday, 25 February 2010 10:17 AM
John "Bring back the Pacific solution. "The best solution of all time!!
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