Here is a copy of an email I have just sent to Chris Bowen:
As a concerned citizen I’d like to pass on my opinions of the High Court
asylum seeker ruling.
I believe that this is a golden opportunity for the Government to get on the
front foot and take a giant stride forward on the treatment of asylum seekers
instead of following the descending spiral of xenophobia that the “Howard Way”
Is there any reason why asylum seekers who arrive by boat can’t be treated in
the same manner as asylum seekers who arrive by plane? What are the objections
to having asylum seekers live in the community while being processed? I know
they cannot collect benefits from the Government so the whingeing about them
taking the taxpayers money is unfounded.
I understand that it is extremely difficult for the Government to get
positive coverage of their agenda with the media hell bent on regime change, but
you have stuck to your guns with the Carbon Tax…why can’t you do the right
thing with asylum seekers? I know it is a hot button issue with some sectors of
the community, but frankly these types of people are not going to vote for you
any way having swallowed the Tony Abbott kool-aid…why not take a stand and be
more humanitarian about it?
The media are not going to give you a good time with it, but the public is
rapidly becoming aware of their failings and I think a wave of disenchantment is
starting to build with news coverage. If you stick to the facts and statistics
and keep hammering them day and night, eventually people will accept that the
boat arrivals are a small fraction of our asylum seeker intake. If you also
keep hammering that it is not illegal to seek asylum it will eventually sink
I firmly believe that now is the time to take a stand and reverse away from
the racist Howard ways of dealing with asylum seekers. We should be processing
them onshore and doing so as rapidly as possible. The racist, xenophobic, NIMBY
section of our society will not be happy with it, but you will bring a lot of
people back into the fold…people who would welcome your return to Labor
principles and cheerfully vote for you once more.
Seriously, at this point what do you have to lose?
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:
- The resort has been closed for years.
- The resort (Kooralbyn) is 1.5 hours from the coast so hardly counts as “on the Gold Coast”
- 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.
Once again the Opposition has shown that there is no measure to how low they will go in their attempts to force their way into Government.
Noted humanitarian Scott Morrison has been polluting the airwaves with his notion that the Government shouldn’t have “wasted” taxpayer dollars flying the families of those victims of the Christmas Island drownings to Sydney for the funerals..after all those refos are rolling in it, why couldn’t they pay for their own ticket.
Frankly this just turns my stomach. The cost of the airfares would probably be substantially less than what this arsehole has for a stationery allowance in a year (especially toner 🙂 ) and he has the nerve to raise this. Of course he’s attempting to pander to the Liberals’ loyal following of mouth-breathers and Alan Jones listeners, and has a really good go at it by conflating two of their main (only?) talking points: refugees and Government waste. Naturally not wanting to miss a media grab (especially as Mark Riley wasn’t around), Abbott jumps in as well, because as we all know the Independents are simply frothing at the mouth looking for a chance to dump the Government and by golly a few thousand bucks for flying refugees to a funeral sounds like the perfect opportunity. Arseclown.
Daring to be different, Uncle Joe Hockey pops up with a faux-compassionate take in an attempt to differentiate himself from the raving lunatics in his own party. Couple this with his attempts to get back on Sunrise on a regular basis and it looks like he’s laying the groundwork for his own tilt as the next big Liberal failure when Abbott get knifed/self-combusts/implodes/gets staked through the heart.
But before we all go into raptures at the thought of a “moderate” Liberal leader, we shouldn’t forget that Joe is the man who:
– was part of the chain of clueless that comprised the Opposition’s budget reply last year
– thinks that having an accounting firm check that your spreadsheet totals add up is an audit
– thinks that $11 billion of bullshit pre-election costings aren’t really that important
Luckily for the Opposition the media has their back and you can expect them to be fully covered by spin and FUD whenever their true incompetence comes to light.