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The race to the bottom

Isn’t it great to be an Australian?  When both of your potential governing parties are shamelessly catering to the most narrow-minded and ignorant section of the public?  When Pauline Hanson agrees with both of them?

Choosing between the alternative asylum seeker policies is like choosing between the electric chair or firing squad as your preferred method of execution.

On the one hand we have “Pacific Solution lite”, now with added input from the UNHCR.  It may work out, but it would be entirely dependent on the speed of processing the claims, and if it dragged on and on like Howard’s efforts then it is worse than useless.

Then we have the complete bastard package of the opposition, where boats will be towed “if possible” (i.e. never), people not allowed in if they deliberately destroyed identification (because every asylum seeker boat has a papers monitor who ensures that no-one destroys their passport), and back to good old Nauru.  Plus all the simple minded catch phrases you can possibly want…tow them back indeed.

On the plus side, it was heartening to read that Julia Gillard explicitly stated the actual ratios of boat arrivals to other immigrants…not that you heard on the news or anything.  Once again the media was very sure to keep their narrative going full steam ahead in their determination to make us the small minded bigot nation of choice.

They even brought it up on Melon Coshie this morning several times, even when interviewing arse-clown Abbott (no representative from the Government to balance that I noticed).  I got my hopes up a little bit when he drilled about my all the fuss considering the small numbers involved, then Abbott brought up the biggest crock of shit I’ve heard in my life.  He said…and I kid you not…that this was all for the safety of the asylum seekers, because the big emphasis is that it is an unsafe journey and they might drown.  And he said this with a straight face!!

So it’s game over ladies and gents…the Liberals are now being small-minded racist bigots with their asylum seeker policy purely for their own protection, so they won’t drown in leaky boats.  Aren’t you proud of them?

Some links to other related stories from the ‘webs:

The asylum seeker dilemma

Almost as bad as the Liberals

Gillard chases the redneck vote

Maybe because its not in the Pacific Ocean

  1. jane
    July 9, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    At least Gillard has articulated the infinitesimally small number of people coming here by boat. However, instead of going on to support the Libtard stance, she should have said that in view of the low numbers, their claims will now be processed on shore at vastly less expense to the public purse, followed by a balance sheet showing how much money has been wasted to further victimise these wretched people.

    Instead of pandering to the ignorant, she should be subtly ridiculing the Libtard appeals to the xenophobes using graphic illustrations for example by showing how long it would take to fill the MCG (or the sporting arena of choice) with these “hordes” of people arriving by boat.

  2. Miglo
    July 12, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    I blame Howard.

  3. King Rat
    July 14, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Too many Muslims are in this country already. We must not allow any more until the current lot are fully re educated to understand Western values and are prepared to live in a Western society and not seek its destruction.

    An orderly immigration program must be one of this Nation’s main prioritie. We must not seek a large population just because some fat arsed public servants see it as a panacea.

    Do not fall for the “Big Australia” crap.

  4. King Rat
    July 16, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Only joking by the way. Just surprised at the lack of reply

    • July 20, 2010 at 8:48 AM

      Thank god it was a joke…otherwise I would have thought my blog has suddenly become catnip for the intellectually challenged.

  5. Miglo
    July 16, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Only joking by the way.

    I was just about to agree with you on some aspects KR. While there are arguments for and against a big Australia I don’t think it has been planned too well. Maybe we just grew too quickly. I don’t really know. But there certainly are issues on accomodating the growth, with apparent housing and infrastructure shortages.

    • July 18, 2010 at 5:59 PM

      Sorry for the lack of reply to you all…on holidays at the moment and living in a blog/news vacuum (by choice).

      Will get back into it on my return on Tuesday.

  6. Miglo
    July 16, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    I blame Howard.

    BTW, that was only a joke too.

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