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Gillard Govt Sinks to New Depths on Asylum Seekers

October 31, 2012

Gillard Govt to adopt Howard policy they previously opposed

  • Gillard Government to rush through controversial asylum seeker bill
  • It’s the same bill they furiously argued against in 2006
  • Bill abandons Australia’s international obligations under Human Rights Convention

It’s the disgusting Asylum Seeker hypocrisy triple somersault backflip that the Gillard Government doesn’t want you to know about but with thanks to our EXCLUSIVE sources we can reveal the seedy sordid truth. 

It’s the human rights issue that separates Julia Gillard from her predecessor Kevin Rudd.

Two years ago Mr Rudd issued a veiled warning that he would not be drawn to the “hard right” on the issue of asylum seekers.   Shortly thereafter he suffered a blood-splattered political assassination orchestrated by his own deputy, a move unprecedented in Australian political history.

Fast forward two years later and under the Gillard government Australia has taken a dramatic lurch to the right on the issue of asylum seekers, surpassing the roundly condemned policies of the Howard government and traversing unchartered depths in abandoning Australia’s international human rights obligations.

It is clear that under Julia Gillard and her Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, Australia’s policy approach to asylum seekers is to essentially prevent anyone from seeking asylum in the first place, a clear breach of United Nations protocol.

Back in 2006 when Labor was in opposition, they roundly condemned the Prime Minister John Howard’s move to excise the Australian mainland from the migration zone, a batlle they successfully won.

However, six years on, the Gillard Government will now rush through legislation in parliament this week to do exactly that.

According to Chris Bowen, the mainland excision is “a recommendation of the expert panel on asylum seekers and is legal.”

If it proceeds, the excise would effectively mean that the legal rights of asylum seekers who reach Australia by boat would no longer be recognised.

But the whole idea was something that Labor furiously opposed in 2006 and now wants to pass “under the radar.”

Back in 2006, then Shadow Minister for Immigration, Chris Bowen said this about the same proposal put forward by the Howard Government:

“This is a bad bill with no redeeming feature.”

“This is a stain on our national character.”

“This is a bill that reduces the Parliament and the nation” said Mr Bowen.

But Mr Bowen was not alone in his condemnation of the plan.  No he was not.

In 2006, Anthony Albanese called the Howard government proposal “a bill that reduces the parliament and the nation…”

Tony Burke said “It undermines our sovereignty, it offends our decency and it mocks the Parliament.”

While Simon Crean called it “shameful and xenophobic”.

Kate Ellis went even further, calling the proposal that she now supports today as “lunacy, ludicrous, harsh, indecent, inhumane, unfair and gutless.”

My how things have changed….

Greens Leader Christine Milne has made her own party’s position clear.

“Prime Minister Gillard has done what even John Howard couldn’t do and that is Prime Minister Gillard has wiped Australia off the map when it comes to our global obligations under the Refugee Convention.”

“John Howard tried this but even he couldn’t get away with it. His own backbench revolted” said Ms Milne.

Former Liberal party backbencher Petro Georgiou opposed John Howard’s move in 2006 and he says it’s still wrong today.

“It’s a disgrace” he said (yes, he actually did!)

“It means that nobody arriving on Australia from wherever they come by boat will get the protection of Australia and it’s just a denial of every responsibility; a proposal that the Labor Party universally rejected.”

However the controversial bill is set to pass with speculation that it would be difficult for the Opposition to block it when it was their policy six years ago.

 

 

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2012 12:33 pm

    Don’t think the NO Coalition will oppose it as it refutes their own position. Given the noise in the MSM and from the Opposition it would seem that this is Australia’s preferred position — so I guess, as a democracy, we are just perpetrating the democratic desire of the majority of Australians. Sad, but that what democracy is all about. I’m wondering when we’ll bring back hanging, drawing and quartering as a spectator sport!

  2. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 31, 2012 12:35 pm

    This is a government that had “lost its way” so they knifed a leader while he was still popular.

    Wasn’t the asylum seeker issue one of the ones they’d lost their way over? Does this represent them finding their way?

    About asylum seekers, Keating said recently “It’s the job of leaders to protect the country from its prejudice”

    That’s damning of Gillard.

  3. October 31, 2012 12:36 pm

    PS: If Labor sinks much deeper they’ll be down with the NO Coalition in the Marianas Trench!

  4. October 31, 2012 12:37 pm

    I suspect that it’s damning of both sides of politics, don’t you?

  5. el gordo permalink
    October 31, 2012 12:42 pm

    Realpolitik

  6. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 31, 2012 1:33 pm

    It is damning of both leaders, but people are entitled to expect more of the ALP because they committed to be different to Howard. All they’ve done is slime their way to every possible policy, and finished up at a place far more draconian than Howard.

    The Liberals are just repeating the policy they’ve held for a decade.

  7. James of North Melbourne permalink
    October 31, 2012 2:29 pm

    It may be damning of both sides, but not equally so. One side traded heavily for the moral high ground, and the accompanying votes. The other wore the consequences of their relative honesty. The ALP are both dishonest and incompetent. Not to mention corrupt.

    Politics in this country has never plunged such depths.

  8. October 31, 2012 4:07 pm

    “Politics in this country has never plunged such depths.”

    Weapons of mass destruction anyone…?

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 31, 2012 4:52 pm

    As an example of the political blindness of barrackers, there’s another site where I post sometimes. Isupport a policy, which when applied as intended by the government (to innocent people) has proven to be harmful to their mental and physical health?

    Barrackers are such hypocrites.

  10. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 31, 2012 4:56 pm

    Don’t know what happened, I meant to say –

    As an example of the political blindness of barrackers, there’s another site where I post sometimes.

    I inquired – how can a member of the medical profession support a policy, which when applied as intended by the government (to innocent people) has proven to be harmful to their mental and physical health?

    Barrackers are such hypocrites.

  11. el gordo permalink
    October 31, 2012 6:18 pm

    ‘But in the current high-octane climate of political misogyny and sexism it is worth noting that the woman who occupies the highest political office in the land, our first female prime minister, lauded as a latter day Boudicea, the patron saint of feminists, appears very much like a man’s woman.’

    Miranda Devine in the Tele

    What she’s saying is that joolya flirts with men and climbs her way to the top quite naturally.

  12. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 31, 2012 6:40 pm

    ”I used to feign sympathy for desperate asylum seekers, it felt really good to stick it to Howard. But now I find they’re just so very inconvenient, the way they come here seeking our protection. They’re a real (political) nuisance.

    Now I find it so much easier to advocate locking them up for a very long time. It seems logical to take this action that is proven to be harmful to their physical and mental health.

    It feels right to show them some old fashioned cruelty, because in truth I’ve never really given a sh*t about them”

  13. October 31, 2012 6:46 pm

    “You’ve got to be cruel to be kind” said the Prime Minister

  14. October 31, 2012 7:32 pm

    First Dog on The Moon nails it as usual…

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/10/31/advance-unaustralia-fair/

  15. November 1, 2012 3:17 am

    Reb .. ” Weapons of mass destruction anyone ”
    Ditto Reb, it seems the duopoly need a good ..
    http://christwire.org/2010/07/anal-bleaching-for-the-sodomite-who-wants-to-look-his-best/

  16. November 1, 2012 3:29 am

    Snacky UnFoxed
    It may be IS damning of both sides, but not AND equally so. One side THE DUOPOLY traded heavily for the moral high ground, and the accompanying votes. The other Pauline Hanson wore the consequences of their HER relative honesty. The ALP DUOPOLY are both dishonest and incompetent. Not to mention corrupt, AND suffer from memory loss.
    .
    Politics in this country has never plunged such depths.
    KEEPS plunging to deeper depths.

  17. el gordo permalink
    November 1, 2012 8:09 am

    Two out of three Age readers believe joolya is not telling the whole story on the slush fund.

    ‘For a third consecutive day, Ms Gillard refused to give specific answers to questions in Parliament about her role in helping establish the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association in 1992, when she was a partner at law firm Slater & Gordon.’

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/slush-fund-questions-nasty-politics-pm-20121031-28kcf.html#ixzz2AufFewRh

  18. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 1, 2012 9:00 am

    2 out of 3 Age readers think Gillard is not telling the whole story!!

    How can a third be so stupid? Though the MP who said she was corrupt was probably wrong, a more accurate term is “crooked”

  19. November 1, 2012 9:00 am

    Here we go again, back to the perennial slush fund question — GOD help us! I’m waiting for the Phoney Tony dirt to be dragged into the daylight when the electioneering starts!

  20. November 2, 2012 2:25 am

    Tom-Melb ” How can a third be so stupid? ”
    Readers can be rusted on too Tom.
    Not just tea-hatter trumpeters!

  21. el gordo permalink
    November 2, 2012 7:13 am

    The 23% of Age readers who think the slush fund thingy is of no importance (and so yesterday) are the rusted ons.

    Hard core Labor apologists and watermelons fit into this category…..they will continue to defend Joan of Arc even after she’s burnt alive at the next election.

  22. el gordo permalink
    November 2, 2012 8:12 am

    ‘Gillard, whose legal advice was central in establishing the association and buying the unit, insists she knew nothing about the corruption of the AWU Workplace Reform Association until it was exposed in August 1995, after which she ditched her boyfriend and left her job at Slater & Gordon under a cloud of acrimony.

    ‘Gillard says she was ”deceived” by Wilson during their four-year relationship. By extension, she was also deceived by Blewitt, and that deception lasted almost as long and was maintained through the many and complex dealings on legal matters in which he ostensibly was her key client.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/note-to-pm-meet-the-real-ralph-20121101-28mm8.html#ixzz2B0X6kfgz

  23. Simple Snacky of North Boltsville permalink
    November 5, 2012 5:28 pm

    The ALP are both dishonest and incompetent.

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    November 5, 2012 5:34 pm

    The ALP are both dishonest and incompetent.

    There are only two? 😯

    A lot more dishonest incompetents in the LibNits lot …

  25. November 6, 2012 3:28 am

    joolya is not telling the whole story on the slush fund.

  26. el gordo permalink
    November 6, 2012 7:06 am

    joolya has skeletons in her water closet

  27. November 6, 2012 12:59 pm

    government that had “lost its way” so they knifed a leader

  28. November 6, 2012 2:25 pm

    Politics in this country KEEPS plunging to deeper depths

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