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Apparently negotiation = back down

Watching the news this morning I heard a story that the government was prepared to negotiate with the Opposition to reinstate offshore processing by throwing Nauru back into the mix.

Did the media have a rational take on this, highlighting the pros and cons for both sides?  Like fuck did they!

It was wall-to-wall bleating about the Government backing down and Abbott victorious with a crushing defeat for Gillard.  Last time I checked, actually getting what you wanted i.e. the Malaysia deal for regional offshore processing being reinstated, was classed as a win.  Sure they have to concede ground on Nauru, but from what I have heard it will be used as a staging area until the Malaysia processes and facilities are up to scratch.  Only in their most vivid fantasies could the Coalition claim this as a win because Nauru will not be permanent, TPVs will not be re-established and the Howard era policy will not be reinstated.  Not much to smile about there really.

Of course all the media will do is throw around the word “Nauru”, conveniently neglecting to clarify the circumstances and context and this will be seen as a huge Abbott victory.

It’s amazing how well served we are by our media.  /sarc


Finally on a more uplifting note, I would like to wish any readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  See you back for more vitriol in 2012.


  1. Catching up
    December 22, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Yes, the word Nauru might be used. As a staging post or even a last resort. It will make little difference to the Malaysian Solution, only make it more expensive.

    Mr Abbott does not want to discuss the matter because he knows he will have to say yes. He also knows he has been outfoxed.

    The difference between the PM and Mr. Abbott is that the PM is interested in outcomes and is willing to make the changes she needs to get there.

    Mr Abbott is only interested in stunts and stopping whatever Labor wants to do, no matter the cost to himself or the country.

    I am sure that the PM has a few more stings in the tail for Mr. Abbott. I cannot see her letting him off the hook this easy.

    This year might have been one of getting the programme though. Next year will be one of settling scores. There are a few issues that will be coming home to roost for Mr. Abbott.

    • December 22, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      I’m with you CU.

      I see 2012 as the year Abbott is well and truly found out. Now that the Government’s legislative agenda is done they can focus on well and truly “doing him slowly”.
      I hope he sticks around until the election because eventually the media boosting he constantly gets will become so obviously biased that the general public will come to realise how shithouse he really is and how poorly the media are serving them.

  2. reb
    December 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    All sides of politics – Greens, Labor and the Coalition have NFI what to do about asylum seekers, and the political grandstanding and opportunism on display from them all is a sad indictment on the state of politics in Australia…

    • December 22, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      But they are all driven by the media bleating reb.
      Not once have I heard the media highlight that the amount of asylum seekers arriving by boat is a tiny fraction of those who arrive by plane.
      It would be against their credo of provoking outrage to generate sales/ratings/clicks.

      The MSM disgust me thoroughly…

      • reb
        December 22, 2011 at 1:50 PM

        I can appreciate the sentiments about the MSM Massive…

        However at least the media in Australia can be critical of the government without fear of retribution…

        The media is far worse in places like Singapore and Malaysia, where all you’ll hear and read is what a marvellous job the government is doing.

        Anyone who dares to write something even moderately critical might simply disappear…

        I’m not excusing the msm in Australia, but you know, it could be a lot worse…..

  3. December 22, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    I’m not excusing the msm in Australia, but you know, it could be a lot worse…..

    Frankly I don’t think we’re far off that now. All you hear in Oz is how shit a job the Government is doing…usually in defiance of reality.

    When was the last time you read a mainstream article praising the Government…for anything?
    When was the last time you a mainstream article that turned a Government announcement into an Opposition whinge-fest i.e. “the Opposition says…” ?

    • reb
      December 22, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      Sure, I accept that. But I would rather live in a country where the media is free to criticise the govt, than one where the media has no alternative but to be acquiescent.

      It’s a no brainer really….

  4. Neil of Sydney
    December 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Not once have I heard the media highlight that the amount of asylum seekers arriving by boat is a tiny fraction of those who arrive by plane.”

    Maybe because it is a load of left wing crap.

    Most are students on student visas who like it so much here they claim asylum because they do not like living where their parents live. It is a lifestyle choice hence the success rate for alleged asylum seekers who fly in is very low (~20%). And I would think most of the 20% who are successful have lied on their application form.

    Many students from China apply for asylum because they do not want to go home. However the Chinese students from Hong Kong rarely claim asylum. They go home because Hong Kong has some freedom and even though crowded is a better place to live than mainland China.

    At least the people who come by boat are more likely to be genuine asylum seekers than the people who fly in on tourist and student visas.

  5. Tom of Melbourne
    December 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    MS, really this is a load of crap.

    The only point you have to make about the issue of asylum seekers is “blame the media”!!??

    As if the ALP (and the Liberals) haven’t used the plight of these people for the most opportunistic politics.

    As if the most pointed commentary you are capable of making is criticism of Abbott and the media. Get real.

  6. BSA Bob
    January 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    “Throw around the word ‘Nauru'”. You’ve summed up both the Opposition policy & the MSM’s lowest common denominator analysis in one short sentence. Well done!
    Happy New Year.

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