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Political soft-cocks

While watching Sunrise (yes…I know) this morning I came across yet another example of political media fuckwittery that set my blood boiling.  To top this all off, it was compounded even further by the lamest of lame appearance by a politician on their “Big Guns of Politics” section.  Let me explain.

Sunrise started with Kochie’s “serious” voice declaiming that the government is going to send asylum seekers to a five star resort on the Gold Coast.  Now this statement has very little relation to the actual facts which are:

  1. The resort has been closed for years.
  2. The resort (Kooralbyn) is 1.5 hours from the coast so hardly counts as “on the Gold Coast”
  3. Any people there are unlikely to get maid service and play golf all day.

Of course reality doesn’t get eyes on screen or boost ratings so beat-up has become the method for any and all political stories on these shows…even though they are only going to be superficially covered.

Then the political douchery upped itself a notch when Joe Hockey and Tony Burke hit the screen.  Not missing an opportunity to push the talking points and wheel out a 3 word slogan, Joe hooked in to the asylum seeker debate with the tired old One Nation Liberal lines that Government has no clue, boats should be stopped, Nauru should be back on the agenda yada yada yada….basically everything we’ve ever heard before.

Now you’d think this would be easy stuff for Tony Burke to dispatch considering it’s all been heard before, but does he?  Pigs arse he does!  When Joe trotted out the tired old line that the boats stopped when Nauru was active, in the biggest display of soft-cockery I’ve ever seen Burke let’s him get away with it.  No rebuttal that world wide asylum seeker numbers had dropped at the same time, no recitation that Australian asylum seeker numbers are proportional to world numbers, and no reiteration that the percentage of asylum seekers arriving by boats is miniscule compared to the visa overstayers or those arriving by plane.

The Government should stop being scared of how they are portrayed in the media and use these live opportunities to savage these bullshit talking points of the Opposition.  They should be laughing off their crap assertions and countering with facts and figures at every chance instead of letting them drag the conversation into their own right-wing parallel universe.

You’d think they would have learnt by now that the Australian public doesn’t respect a pussy…show some guts and take the fight back, especially when you absolutely have the facts on your side.

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  1. Bilko
    April 2, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Spray well said they seem to forget that they (labor) are the Government and as you say stick the boot in, a point I have been advocating since the rodent went down the gurgler way back.

    • April 4, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      Bilko, I find it staggering that they just refuse to point out the facts…which are well and trlu on their side. You can understand them being a bit gun-shy when it comes to the media, but the Australian public isn’t nearly as dumb as the think we are and the more ground they cede to the rightards the harder it will be to get it back.

  2. Neil of Sydney
    April 5, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    “and no reiteration that the percentage of asylum seekers arriving by boats is miniscule compared to the visa overstayers or those arriving by plane.”

    Yes but the number of people arriving by boat is a large percentage of the places available for refugees. We give ~14,000 places/year for refugees. Every one who arrives by boat means one less that can come from a refugee camp.

    And what about the people who arrive by plane?? We have thousands of people in Australia on student, working, holiday visas. They are in the country legally. Some of them apply for asylum because they do not want to go home.

    They have not flown in fleeing persecution.

    • April 5, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      Neil, Neil, Neil. Yet again you raise the furphy of the “queue”.
      As has been repeatedly pointed out to you on numerous other blogs, asylum seekers do not impact on the immigration quota at all.
      And once more, it is not illegal to claim asylum, no matter how you arrive.

  3. Neil of Sydney
    April 5, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    “asylum seekers do not impact on the immigration quota at all.”

    We have a quota of 14,000. If 10,000 come by boat this leaves only 4,000 places left for offshore applicants.

    hence if you are a refugee with money you would hire a people smuggler for $10,000 rather than wait in some camp.

    Boat arrivals are unfair on all other refugees without any money

    • April 7, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      Neil, as you have been repeatedly told and shown asylum seekers granted entry are not the same as immigration arrivals and do not impact the immigration quota.
      I know it’s a hard concept for you to comprehend, but just because you say something is so doesn’t actually mean that it is.

  4. Neil of Sydney
    April 7, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    ???????

    What is so hard to understand?? We take 14,000 asylum seekers/year from onshore and offshore. Everyone who comes by boat means one less that can come from offshore processing from some camp in Burma for example.

    You do not understand the English language.

  5. April 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Neil, here is a handy resource for you. It’s all in bullet points in simple language so you can understand it.

    http://www.asrc.org.au/uploads/File/MYTH_BUSTER_JUNE_2010.pdf

  6. Neil of Sydney
    April 7, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    I still say they are queue jumpers.

    The reason they come by boat is that they know they have no chance of being accepted if they stay in some camp. I don’t blame them but they are jumping the queue.

    Our offshore and onshore programs are linked so one extra boat person means one less refugee who is in a camp and does not have $10,000 to pay a people smuggler.

    But i do believe we should be taking a lot more. Let us take more refugees and less skilled immigrants

  7. April 8, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Fro once I am in agreement with you Neil…definitely take more refugess.
    In fact I reckon they should move all processing onshore and speed up the process so they can become productive members of society more quickly.

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