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Scott Morrison’s Media Blackout Sets a Dangerous Precedent

January 7, 2014

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Federal Immigration Minister and Talking Snake Advocate Scott Morrison has closed the doors to the Australian media and as such, the Australian public, with regards to his key area of responsibility – asylum seekers.

The Government has been roundly condemned by Amnesty International and the UNCHR over its treatment of refugees, so much so that the Abbott Government is considering abandoning its international obligations under existing conventions to avoid any further condemnation.

The Abbott Government initially provided assurances that Australians would receive timely and accurate briefings on the number and frequency of asylum seeker arrivals in the form of a weekly briefing from the Immigration Minister each Friday.

However, the briefings quickly deteriorated into a farcical charade with the Minister refusing to respond to questions from the media under the ruse of “operational reasons.”

The briefings became a contemptuous display of arrogance and deceit – effectively refusing to provide the Australian public with fairly rudimentary information. So much for that “open and transparent Government” we were promised before the election.

It now appears that the Immigration Minister has abandoned the process altogether, refusing to confirm or deny whether any briefings will take place in 2014.

Thanks to the Abbott Government,  Australians are now kept completely in the dark with regards to asylum seeker arrivals and how they are being treated on offshore detention centres.

With billions of our taxpayer dollars being allocated towards “Operation Sovereign Borders” and offshore processing, aren’t we, as taxpayers entitled to know whether these tactics are successful or otherwise?

The fact that we now have to find out from The Jakarta Post rather than from our own news media illustrates how draconian the Abbott Government has become in its relatively short life span, and how determined it is to avoid scrutiny or criticism.

Only yesterday, The Jakarta Post reported that a boat carrying 45 ”illegal immigrants from Africa and the Middle East” was about to enter Australian waters but was ”immediately forced back into Indonesian waters.”

This morning Morrison refused to comment on the report instead resorting to his blanket denial under the guise of “operational reasons.”

However, Greens immigration spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young said Mr Morrison needed to clarify today what had happened and the circumstances in which the alleged incident occurred.

”We should not be finding out from the Indonesian media before we find out from our own government,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

The asylum seekers ”could have drowned”, she said, adding that the towback practice was dangerous and legally questionable.

 

 

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120 Comments leave one →
  1. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 11:47 am

    This from the Canberra Times.

    Turns out that the tampons – at least – are going to be very useful. I’m going to send one a month to the federal Minister for Inhumanity, Scott Morrison, as a little gift.

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/monthly-reminder-to-minister-scott-morrison-will-help-end-humiliation-of-asylum-seeker-women-20140106-30db2.html#ixzz2pfLs6EPv

  2. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 12:47 pm

    Scott Morrison, King of the Tampons

  3. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 1:10 pm

    “…aren’t we, as taxpayers entitled to know whether these tactics are successful or otherwise?”

    No

    If the policy is working then fine by me.

    But the Lefties must be sooooooooooooooo upset that boats ARE being turned around when they said it could not be done.

    It deprives them of their floating body count which they use as their ideological scoreboard against the government.

    No boats…………………No bodies…………………….No score.

    It really irks them

  4. January 7, 2014 2:46 pm

    With all due respect Walnuts how the fuck would you know? There could be 5 times more boats than before but nobody would know? No boats ? get those tampons out of your ears they are soaking up what little brain matter you have..or maybe you believe the propaganda from the directorate of information that all is fine in the gulags…fuck me So anyone who disagrees or has a heart is a leftie? What a goose stepping knob the only thing that is being turned around is the spin 🙄

  5. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 2:53 pm

    Ah the Walrus, there speaks a true right wing fascist.

    You can’t make this shit up, you really can’t.

    So we are not entitled to know what our government is doing in our name, with our money.

    I didn’t know we were at war!!!!!

    But if the fascists are doing the job of just being arse holes, well that’s alright in the Walrus world of star chambers and subterfuge.

    A hot flash for you numb nuts, the boats will keep coming and apart from paying the problem lip service, Abbott and his coterie of ‘ Babbling Baboons ‘ couldn’t run a pub chook raffle, much less stop any boats. The only boats/ships the coalition are familiar with, are the ones they take taxpayer funded junkets on.

  6. January 7, 2014 3:27 pm

    ”””””’No boats, No bodies, No score.”””””
    Sounds familiar walnut.
    l seem to remember despots invading lraq applying the same idea to who they murdered.
    No counting Women, No counting Children, No Dead counted.

    #TeabagValues

  7. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 3:46 pm

    So some of you dickheads now believe that the Government has taken such total control of Christmas Island and PNG and Nauru that no info on new arrivals can ever get out.

    LOL……………….fuck you really do insist on repeatedly proving to all that you are indeed fools

    Seems this government is far more in control then you 2 fuckwits give them credit for.

    Like I said no bodies floating in the sea really pisses off you total fuckwits on the Left

    You truly are fifth

  8. January 7, 2014 3:50 pm

    ”””””””’The fact that we now have to find out from The Jakarta Post rather than from our own”’Govt,

    actually says quite a lot. Our despotic Govt. is still too stupid to realize they are merely Lucky to have sailed into office by remaining silent like a Channel-7 interview. But this won`t retain the little credibility they `do/may` have, when they are leaving `foreign-media` to manage the message.

  9. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 3:50 pm

    Pakistan/Afghanistan.

    “””””””Weddings”””””” Parties ”””””” Anything”””””””

    Order your Drone now. No witnesses, and twice the carnage of conventional murder.

  10. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 3:51 pm

    “…….Abbott and his coterie of ‘ Babbling Baboons ‘ couldn’t run a pub chook raffle, much less stop any boats. ……………..”

    You really do have a reading problem don’t you.

    The latest boat was “stopped” and turned round. It is reported in the Jakarta newspapers you idiot.

  11. January 7, 2014 3:53 pm

    ”””’You truly are fifth””””’
    says the teabag who `counts` for a living

    #SoThere

  12. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 3:54 pm

    “You truly are fifth”

    No, we are first.

  13. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 3:59 pm

    “You really do have a reading problem don’t you.”

    Not really, that boat was still in Indonesian waters.

    Enjoy your time in the sun, Abbott and his coterie of Baboons will be gone next election.

    The French media are on to them, although not holding my breath, it will soon become even obvious to ours we were sold a load of incompetent fools…

  14. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 4:17 pm

    “Not really, that boat was still in Indonesian waters.”

    LOL

    Oh yeah an Australian incursion into Indo waters is worth far less.

    It must be soul destroying for people like you relying on the body count.

    It just wasn’t supposed to be this way was it ?

  15. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 4:18 pm

    You know I don’t mind a bit of bullshit, a white lie, a shaggy dog story, a puff piece in the media, but Walrus, please stop telling us on the progressive left, that we are sorry there are no bodies in the water.

    It is your mob that are famous for being red necked racists, and denying that salient fact, makes you look a bigger RWDB than you already are. Remember it is your mob that have actually been caught lying writ large on this issue, and have been since the infamous days of a one John Winston Howard.

    Scratch a Tory, there you’ll find under that thin veneer of faux outrage about drowning people, a red neck racist every time. Fess up, you don’t want theme here period do you?

  16. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 4:22 pm

    “Enjoy your time in the sun, Abbott and his coterie of Baboons will be gone next election.”

    So Phool’s crystal ball has Bill Shorten as the next PM

    ROFLMAO…………………that is just so funny

  17. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 4:29 pm

    The next PM will be a liberal, the abbott will be dumped for some other dumb redneck in the liberal party.

  18. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 4:29 pm

    “ROFLMAO…………………that is just so funny”

    Abbott will not only not win the next election, he won’t be P.M. at, the next election.

    Even die hard conservatives in the Liberal party cringe at this idiot now, oh no, it will be Turnbull who will take up the job. Both Abbott and Bishop will get the arse before the next election, that is money in the bank. They have embarrassed this country enough on the world stage.

    As for Shorten, he wasn’t my choice but, he will still win. I’m sorry it wasn’t Albo in the chair, I would put my house on the outcome.

  19. January 7, 2014 4:30 pm

    ”””””””Abbott’s government has promised to turn back boats when it is safe to do so, a measure which rankled Indonesia which has suggested it could violate its sovereignty.””””’
    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/australia-turns-back-asylum-seeker-boat-report/

    l wonder how much pissing on their heads lndo will tolerate from Mr-Rabbit.

  20. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 4:40 pm

    Oh of course Mr Phool , when you just cant think of anything more stupid to say simply reach for the backpocket and hold the “racist redneck accusation card” high aloft

    Leftist Values =

    1) If you don’t want floating bodies you are obviously a redneck
    2) If you like to see lots of floating bodies you are truly merciful

  21. January 7, 2014 4:42 pm

    ””””””’The next PM will be a liberal,”””’
    l tend to agree Paul, (tho it is such a long way off)
    there does seem to be a high level of `buyers-remorse` in the market-place.

    #Mr-Rabbit

  22. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 4:43 pm

    “Both Abbott and Bishop will get the arse before the next election,”

    You just get funnier and funnier.

    I think a certain political party tried dumping a sitting PM or 2 just recently.

    Or dont you recall how that ended so well ?

  23. January 7, 2014 4:47 pm

    Ahem, the only person who has raised the idea of a tally of “floating bodies” being regarded as some measure of success or failure is you Walrus.

    Just saying’.

  24. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 4:47 pm

    yes walnuts, and the way things are going it will happen again, the abbott worst pm in aussie history and only getting worse.

  25. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 4:59 pm

    ” If you don’t want floating bodies you are obviously a redneck ”

    You must have an i.q. the same size as your shoes.

    It was you who accused the left of wanting bodies to count idiot.

    It was you whilst we are at it, brought up the connection to the issue and Nazi’s. I just reinforced your pathological hatred of the left. After all Nazi’s are right wingers aren’t they. Please spare me any revisionist history numb nuts.

    It was you dip stick, that pointed out my grammar error and had the unmitigated gall to call me on it, when it is obvious your own grammar and spelling is not the best.

    I can only improve you, on the other hand are always going to be a fuck wit.

    I could give a flying fuck what happened in the leadership struggle and Labor. There were more issues than that, that got them the arse. Taking money off of single mothers being the prime motivating factor that got them the sack. Rudd when taking back the leadership could have promised to reinstate it, yes that’s right the fool didn’t the rest they say, is history.

    I stand by me opinion, Abbott and Bishop will be gone before the next election.

    Funny I may well be, but you otoh are hilarious.

  26. January 7, 2014 5:02 pm

    ””Just saying’.””
    You truly are sixth. 🙂

  27. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:08 pm

    “….the only person who has raised the idea of a tally of “floating bodies” being regarded as some measure of success or failure is you Walrus.”

    Yep

    Because that is the only conclusion one could reach as to the way the Left is behaving in the light of what seems to be some success that the government is having (albeit reported by the Jakarta Post) in turning around the boats (which pre election according to them and their hero Mr Rudd could not happen)

    They did say they (the Govt) would not give a running commentary on boat arrivals and that’s what they are doing. So unless they now break that promise the Left wont be happy.

    It would be easy politically for Morrison to go about grandstanding today but he hasn’t. Perhaps it because he said he wouldn’t.

    And it doesn’t matter what party is in power the taxpayer will never find out where every tax dollar is spent. To use that as justification for the release of information is rubbish.To claim we are entitled to know where every cent is spent is laudable but it only ever occurs in fairyland.

  28. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:10 pm

    “Taking money off of single mothers being the prime motivating factor that got them the sack.”

    Delusional……………………….just delusional……………………..and still in denial

    ROFLMAO

  29. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:12 pm

    Walnuts, this govt also said they were going to be an open govt and not hide anything, that is not working now is it.

  30. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:15 pm

    “……………I can only improve you, on the other hand are always going to be a fuck wit……….”

    REB

    Please note Phool’s comment above when handing out the Awards next year

  31. January 7, 2014 5:16 pm

    “They did say they (the Govt) would not give a running commentary on boat arrivals”

    That’s what they said after the election. Before the election, a running commentary on boat arrivals was all Morrison ever did – with sometimes up to 3 or 4 press conferences a day…

    So why all the need for some sort of sudden secrecy now…?

  32. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:19 pm

    “………..with sometimes up to 3 or 4 press conferences a day…”

    Yes………………1 for each boat

  33. January 7, 2014 5:20 pm

    Nope – just two or three additional press conferences to repeat what he said earlier that day.

  34. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:20 pm

    “So why all the need for some sort of sudden secrecy now…?”

    It seems to be working and they will be judged on it

  35. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:23 pm

    It seems to be working and they will be judged on it

    Voted out of office is the only conclusion, the public likes to know what it’s government is doing, not hiding information.

  36. egg permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:27 pm

    The masses don’t particularly care what the government is doing, as long as it doesn’t impinge upon them adversely. Speaking for the broader electorate, on a need to know basis, we don’t particularly need to know.

  37. TB Queensland permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:34 pm

    … in the light of what seems to be some success that the government is having (albeit reported by the Jakarta Post)

    If what WAS successful, Wally!

    … based upon years of precedence and certainly more recent performances … Abbott & The Acolytes would be singing the shite out of their shining success not clearing the hall of fans and journos …

    This Federal Government is* wringing its hands … incompetent fools all of them … Recycled John Howard Private School Bullies …

    And there was never a mandate by the voters to do or change anything … the LibNits won because the ALP shot itself in the foot … and the legs … and hands … and the arms … and any where else it needed to bleed and started all over again until it finally shot itself in the fkn head!

    *should be!

    Just who is running the country?

  38. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:38 pm

    Peta Credlin and uncle Rupert are running the country, the abbott and co are just a puppet’s

  39. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:49 pm

    So another boat has been turned back, this report coming from Indonesia, so much for this govt being open. If we keep getting our news from Indonesia, it might be the only way that we know that the abbott has lost his job as pm

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-07/indonesia-says-second-boat-forced-back/5189332

  40. January 7, 2014 5:56 pm

    ””’Speaking for the broader electorate,””’
    #NoYouAint
    ””’on a need to know basis,””’
    ””’we don’t particularly need to know.””’
    #SoCalledDemocracylsaBeautifulThing 🙄

  41. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 5:59 pm

    Walrus being on the floor all the time, I wonder how you post so much bullshit.

  42. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 6:00 pm

    That is how this govt got in, they didn’t tell the electorate anything because we didn’t need to know what they were going to do.

  43. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 6:10 pm

    “….they didn’t tell the electorate anything because we didn’t need to know what they were going to do.”

    Kinda like introducing a Carbon Tax, Media Censorship Laws………………….etc……….etc…………etc………………LOL

    You nutters just are too use to a daily press conference from every minister and endless announcements.

    We had that under NSW Labor especially under Carr then we got it under Rudd and Julia.

    Its the way the NSW Right believes it can fool people with.

    And they were right. They suckered you nutcases in and still do

  44. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 6:14 pm

    ” And they were right. They suckered you nutcases in and still do ”

    Says the tool who hears the rustle of white coats.

  45. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 6:17 pm

  46. January 7, 2014 6:18 pm

    As somebody in the middle, (not-left-right), l notice teabags are always willing to support,

    beating-up of the weak and/or different,
    the tearing down of benefits for all,
    and the most impoverished actions and views available.

    None of this `should` be what our Govt. does, and is letting them off the `hook` when it comes to running Aust. and our needed services.

  47. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 6:21 pm

    the govt with no policies, this is what this govt is,

  48. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 6:29 pm

    “As somebody in the middle, (not-left-right)”

    ROFLMAO

    Who exactly are you trying to kid ?

  49. January 7, 2014 6:29 pm

    hear hear reheated teabag!!

  50. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 6:31 pm

    “the govt with no policies, this is what this govt is,”

    Not true. They have heaps of policies. Screw over the poor, make the poor sick pay more, want industrial relations laws that favours business and pushes down wages for workers. Treat refugee asylum seekers as criminals. Want to flog off the remaining assets owned by Australians. Kill off the great barrier reef and cut down the remaining forests in Australia. Make Gina Rinehart richer flogging off recourses that belong to all Australians. Control what women do with their bodies. etc fuc*&^ etc.

  51. January 7, 2014 6:46 pm

    ””’Who exactly are you trying to kid ?””’
    Nobody Walrus. #NotEvenMySelf #GoWatermelon

    #GoClive 😆

  52. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 6:55 pm

    Yes, no policies to enrich this country and take us to the future, only backwards and to remove everything the previous govt had set in motion to take us to the future.

  53. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:09 pm

    Yep true paul . What’s more, they have just started. This government will go down in history as the biggest bunch of social misfits to have graced the halls of parliament house. Their mantra the adults are now in charge, will go down like the Titanic, much like this country, straight to the bottom. Although I don’t subscribe to the theory installing these Baboons is a wake up call to the Labor movement, I hope they don’t dump Abbott, he may just finish off conservative politics in this country for good. Hope springs eternal.

  54. egg permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:18 pm

    ‘I hope they don’t dump Abbott’

    Me too, for entirely different reasons.

  55. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:18 pm

    The ALP adopted every possible policy on the issue, each progressively more disgraceful.

    The Liberals will always apeal to rednecks and their policies are pretty well as expected.

  56. TB Queensland permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:20 pm

    I’m thoroughly enjoying this read, sreb … pity its not Friday or I’d pour us a drink … “clink” 😉

  57. egg permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:22 pm

    ‘…he may just finish off conservative politics in this country for good.’

    Can’t see that, the whole country seems to be moving to the right.

  58. January 7, 2014 7:28 pm

    “I’m thoroughly enjoying this read, sreb..”

    Me too.. 🙂

  59. January 7, 2014 7:29 pm

    “the whole country seems to be moving to the right.”

    Actually back in the real world, the polls indicate that the public have already had a gutsful of Abbott’s so-called “government.”

  60. Walrus with chin nuts permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:33 pm

    Wall nuts really is a nasty piece of werk, ideology over humanity. I would hazard he has never met talked to or met a refugee. All this projection about the left and right I think must have purchased his moral gps from where inane got his.

  61. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:36 pm

    ” Can’t see that, the whole country seems to be moving to the right”

    How did you come to that conclusion? Oh wait silly me but of course, it must be apart from Queensland, it must be the massive majorities Liberal governments hold in this country.

    Newman like Abbot is an aberration, a flash in the pan, he will like Abbott will go down in history as just another right wing reactionary. Of course if you were honest, the media installed Abbott and Newman. I remember the dismissal, the bias then was nothing compared to what occurred in the last months of the Gillard government. Obscene just doesn’t cover it, the good Dr Goebbels should have been so lucky.

  62. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:37 pm

    I’ve popped back to the coast, and off for a red – Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2008.

    …by the way- ‘appeal’

    =========

    What about those well known ALP barrackers who cheered every policy iteration/u-turn as it was published?

  63. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:45 pm

    ” What about those well known ALP barrackers who cheered every policy iteration/u-turn as it was published? ”

    Who were they ?

  64. TB Queensland permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:54 pm

    Yer doin’ it again ToM … the discussion is about Morriscum and The Acolytes … not history … not another “look over there” … FMD and no mention of the “unions BOO!” …

  65. January 7, 2014 8:00 pm

    “Asylum seekers intercepted on unseaworthy boats could be sent back to Indonesia on large, engine-powered lifeboats, in an escalation of the Abbott government’s turn-back policy….”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/government-mulls-lifeboats-plan-for-intercepted-asylum-seekers-20140107-30f8v.html#ixzz2phXzxwcV

  66. egg permalink
    January 7, 2014 8:03 pm

    The pollsters are still on holidays, so I went to sportsbet for an unbiased opinion.

    They believe that Abbott will go the full term as leader and the 2016 election will end with a hung parliament.

  67. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 8:08 pm

    “They believe that Abbott will go the full term as leader and the 2016 election will end with a hung parliament.”

    A ringing endorsement for your ‘ Australia moving to the right.’

  68. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 8:08 pm

    this govt will do anything to stop asylum seekers. So instead of buying the boats, they will give them boats to go back home.

    Asylum seekers intercepted on unseaworthy boats could be sent back to Indonesia on large, engine-powered lifeboats, in an escalation of the Abbott government’s turn-back policy.

    Fairfax Media has learnt the government is buying up to 16 hard-hulled lifeboats – similar to those carried by cruiseships and oil tankers – to which asylum seekers can be transferred and returned to Indonesia if their own vessels are unseaworthy.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/government-mulls-lifeboats-plan-for-intercepted-asylum-seekers-20140107-30f8v.html

  69. paul permalink
    January 7, 2014 8:10 pm

    egg, so your saying that the abbott era is over and politics is moving to the left again.

  70. egg permalink
    January 7, 2014 9:02 pm

    That’s what the punters are saying a few years out and they also think Milne is more likely to be replaced as leader before 2016.

  71. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 10:33 pm

    ” I would hazard he has never met talked to or met a refugee”

    Listen you fucking low life piece of shit.

    You know nothing about my background so don’t project you fuckwit.

    And don’t hijack other commentators names you fucking c@@t

    Only total fucking morons do that sort of thing.

    If reb does not step in here then this blog will basically cease to exist no matter what side of the political fence one is on.

    Only a fuckwit Leftie could do that. And you obviously fit that criteria

  72. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 10:38 pm

    Reb

    I mean banning copying of posters names.

    How would you like me posting as TB ?

    TB ?

    Or as ToM

    Or whoever

    It truly is dangerous for a blog to allow it

  73. Walrus permalink
    January 7, 2014 10:40 pm

    “they also think Milne is more likely to be replaced as leader before 2016.”

    Milne is more likely to be the next ALP PM than Shorten

  74. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 10:52 pm

    “As I stated before What an uneducated dickhead you are.” To me.

    “You know nothing about my background so don’t project you fuckwit.” To Walrus with chin nuts .

    Yea I do. You are a hypocrite and a squeezer writ large.

    You call people names with gay abandon, then have the unmitigated gall to complain that someone is using your pseudonym to take the piss, then you get all precious.

    Then plead with Reb to read out the riot act, or the blog may cease.

    You’re funny Walrus with chin nuts.

  75. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 7, 2014 10:53 pm

    In defense of Walrus, he’s been hanging around blogs related to this site for 7 or 8 years. He’s posted while doing some volunteer work in Cambodia a few times, and has a record of decent community service (I think)

    Like most of those of us who comment here, he’s unreasonable and opiniated, that’s why it’s all so entertaining.

    The “never met a refugee” stuff is pretty ignorant.

  76. phil permalink
    January 7, 2014 11:06 pm

    “Like most of those of us who comment here, he’s unreasonable and opiniated, that’s why it’s all so entertaining.”

    I would have thought common sense would dictate the obvious, the person concerned was out to get a rise, it obviously worked. If you are gong to call people leftist scum and c&^%$ I would expect and be disappointed, if the offended person didn’t return fire.

    Yes we are all self opinionated and unreasonable, and in some cases know all’s.

  77. January 8, 2014 12:06 am

    ””””’In defense of Walrus, he’s been hanging around blogs”’like a bad smell for too long. 😆 ` 😆 ` 😆 ` 😆 `

    #OhTheBlubbering
    #PassTheTissues

  78. January 8, 2014 12:49 am

    This about sums it up…

    “I would have thought common sense would dictate the obvious, the person concerned was out to get a rise, it obviously worked.”

    …but, having been privy to IATW’s blog evolution for the duration, it should be noted that he comments with a fair bit of licence, isn’t anywhere near as callous as his choice of words suggest & doesn’t mind pulling the chain to watch the monkey dance.

    That is all.

  79. phil permalink
    January 8, 2014 1:47 am

    “doesn’t mind pulling the chain to watch the monkey dance.”

    Well that’s good to know, Inane Hall has been doing that since blogging started.

    If I thought half the interaction on here was serious, I’d inform the authorities, I’m sure a case study in mental illness could be found on most blogs.

  80. egg permalink
    January 8, 2014 8:04 am

    ‘Milne is more likely to be the next ALP PM than Shorten’

    LOL and I agree with your comment that name theft is setting a dangerous precedent.

  81. Walrus has chin nuts permalink
    January 8, 2014 8:46 am

    Yep there’s ya conformation never met one and don’t know any all uppity, defensive, and bully boy like all those right wing neo conmen. As much as the idiots in government would like to project Australia is seeing through this lot. Its Newman and O’Farrell all over again “Fuck I didn’t vote for that”….. Hey Reb Wall nut wants legislation to allow him to hate with control of debate…sound familiar?

  82. January 8, 2014 9:15 am

    This is me stepping in here.

  83. January 8, 2014 10:08 am

    “First we heard they were going to stop the boats, then they said we’ll buy back the boats, now they’re going to start giving away boats.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/08/lifeboat-plan-to-ship-asylum-seekers-back-to-indonesia-reports?CMP=soc_568

  84. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 8, 2014 10:19 am

    Once I posted as TB, but couldn’t do the Bronco symbol.

    The experience was –

    *TB objected
    *No one was fooled
    *I haven’t bothered again!

  85. Walrus permalink
    January 8, 2014 10:23 am

    “The “never met a refugee” stuff is pretty ignorant.”

    Not just that…………………..its almost incomprehensibly stupid. But considering who stated it it is not unusual coming from that particular imbecile.

    Might as well say “never met a North Korean” so you dont qualify to comment on their country.

    That’s how brainless it is

    But it is a favoured tactic of the lunatic Left

  86. Camel Eater permalink
    January 8, 2014 10:26 am

    I think I once posted as the bullshitartistformerlyknownasmiglo and had a similar experience.

    Then I posted as miglosghost and everyone knew straight away it was bullshit

  87. Walrus permalink
    January 8, 2014 10:33 am

    “………….now they’re going to start giving away boats.”

    Well they made no secret of “nothing is off the table” in sofar as discouraging attempts to cross and preventing the drownings

  88. January 8, 2014 10:42 am

    I once posted as Inane Hall, but I think it was fairly obvious.

  89. egg permalink
    January 8, 2014 10:59 am

    I once posted as El Gordo.

  90. Walrus permalink
    January 8, 2014 11:07 am

    “You must have an i.q. the same size as your shoes.”

    I possibly did many years ago

    But now I actually quite like to measure my IQ by how many commas precede the decimal point.

    Much more accurate and can be measured daily and does not involve leaving my office.

  91. Walrus permalink
    January 8, 2014 11:44 am

    “Australians want boat arrivals treated more harshly”

    What would be a very interesting stat would be how many of those “Australians” were born here

  92. January 8, 2014 11:55 am

    Indeed Walrus, indeed. I reckon some of them could be chinkies.

  93. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 8, 2014 12:04 pm

    But now I actually quite like to measure my IQ by how many commas precede the decimal point.

    Are you as smart as this obvious genius?

    http://www.therichest.com/celebnetworth/celeb/model/paris-hilton-net-worth/

  94. Walrus permalink
    January 8, 2014 12:07 pm

    “Are you as smart as this obvious genius?”

    Some people dont count when they are born into it.

    Some but not all

  95. Walrus permalink
    January 8, 2014 12:09 pm

    “Indeed Walrus, indeed. I reckon some of them could be chinkies.”

    Is TB a Queensland chinkie ?

    They polled heavily for harsher punishment.

    What does a chinkie in a Safari Suit look like I wonder ?

  96. January 8, 2014 12:10 pm

    a Slinky?

  97. January 8, 2014 12:10 pm

    Hillarious, Left left boil boil huff huff… You’re quite a piece of work wall nut. Actually I used to work a person from North Korea. My next door neighbor was a boat person, now an IT professional, My dentist is a Boat person who, unlike you is a respected hardworking member of the community. I am proud to have marched beside them in the rallies held in Sydney as a display of support from the clueless, zombies like Wall nut that are sitting back projecting that any free thinking humane individual that disagrees with their racist, bully, inhumane propaganda is a leftist. So what with that Wallwart cant you think for yourself do you need to read tony’s pamphlet or paranoia to take a breath… You are seriously embarrassing yourself with this body count bullshit. Oh and another think, I will post how I like and when I like, its still a free country until these fucking fascists change the rules to accommodate halfwit, clueless zombies like yourself.

  98. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 8, 2014 12:11 pm

    Australians want boat arrivals treated more harshly

    imo, that is largely Labors fault.

    They had 6 years to reset the debate into a more even and tempered keel. Instead, they tried to out nasty the conservatives. As Scott Morrison has shown, they aren’t even in the race.

    They should hang their heads in shame. I know a few do on this issue, Doug Cameron being the most vocal.

  99. Walrus permalink
    January 8, 2014 12:18 pm

    LOL……………… Ricky the Noddy is back from the Cafe of Whispering Noddies

  100. Walrus permalink
    January 8, 2014 12:28 pm

    Ricky’s all fired up. I think he wants some attention.

    I’m too busy now checking out a pod of dolphins swimming about 100 metres off the beach I look over from my office to bother with Ricky’s daily rant. The sky is finally looking brighter from where I sit.

    As I swivel in my chair I’m also checking out Lion Island to the north. Lots of fishermen out today I see.

    So whilst Ricky bursts a blood vessel just remember Ricky I’ve got a smile on my face and I’m laughing at you not with you.

    LOL

  101. Walrus permalink
    January 8, 2014 12:33 pm

    “In the public dispute over Labor-Green preferences, Sarah Hanson-Young, the Greens’ immigration spokesperson, made a telling contribution. ‘There’s a big difference between the Greens’ values and Labor values,’ she said last week. ‘The Greens have values and the Labor party doesn’t.’ The SHY-girl is right: the Greens have plenty of values. On the sinking of asylum-seeker boats, they are the carefree values of barbarism.

    When 200 boatpeople drowned off the coast of Java in December, Hanson-Young was asked if her party accepted responsibility for the loss of life. ‘Of course not,’ she replied. ‘Tragedies happen, accidents happen.’ In all my experience of Australian politics, I cannot recall a more callously inappropriate statement.

    It is difficult to comprehend how Green Senators live with themselves, knowing their opposition to offshore processing is luring boatloads of people, many of them infant children, to death by drowning. The tragedy of Green asylum-seeker policy is compounded by the pretence that onshore processing is an act of humanitarianism. It is, in fact, a death-trap, encouraging people to risk their lives aboard unseaworthy vessels.

    This is the problem with fanaticism in public life. Obsessively-held beliefs blind members of Parliament to the evidence before them. More than 800 boatpeople have drowned during the term of the Labor government, a horror for which the Labor For Refugees group and the Greens must accept responsibility. Hanson-Young is only 30 years of age but her eyes are from the Middle Ages, giving her the menacing look of Vandal Savage. For the families boarding leaky boats in Indonesian ports, the deadliest menace is in her policies.

    Repeated tragedies of this kind do not just ‘happen’. Governments have responsibility for the protection of their borders. Refugee policies influence the movement of asylum-seekers between nations. Judged by their deeds, the Greens are a party of mistaken fanaticism, not compassion.”

    – Mark Latham July 2012

  102. January 8, 2014 12:57 pm

    Yeah Yeah Wallclock tell us more stories about dead people and your luxurious life while i’m busy seeking all the attention you crave…yawn yawn. project project, cut paste cut paste. Truth is you have no fucking idea, just what you read in the paper. I suggest you actually put the chair on the spindle instead of sitting there with it jammed up your arse while you look at postcards.

    Truth is when a government is withholding information from the public it is hiding something and this is without question the most incompetent government every elected on a lie
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/07/scott-morrison-tight-lipped-on-turnback-of-asylum-seeker-boat

  103. January 8, 2014 1:07 pm

    “Truth is you have no fucking idea, just what you read in the paper.”

    I object!

    That’s an outrageous thing to say….!

    We all know that Walrus can’t read.

  104. January 8, 2014 1:08 pm

    * He gets his news feed from Alan Jones, so we really ought to be a little more sympathetic…

  105. Walrus permalink
    January 8, 2014 1:21 pm

    So Ricky chooses to burst his neck veins in rage.

    You better watch your blood pressure Ricky. You are on the wrong side of 50 arent you ?

    ROFLMAO

  106. Walrus permalink
    January 8, 2014 1:22 pm

    “He gets his news feed from Alan Jones”

    He’s on leave

    In fact all of the shock jocks are

  107. Dianne permalink
    January 8, 2014 1:40 pm

    Every day which passes says to me that this government is leading us into the darkness without the Lamp-of-Principle to light the gloom.
    Expediency, opportunism, self-interest, deception will propel us over a cliff.

  108. January 8, 2014 2:15 pm
  109. Dianne permalink
    January 8, 2014 2:26 pm

    Note the use of language. ‘Rescue boats’. Such an inversion of truth.

  110. Dianne permalink
    January 8, 2014 2:47 pm

    What happens when the technically correctly termed ‘rescue boats’ take the reluctantly rescued back to Indonesia. Will they be turned around by people smugglers and sent straight back? They seem a lot more seaworthy than some of those leaky crates being used to transport asylum seekers. Some hold upwards of 100 people, have engines and covers.

  111. phil permalink
    January 8, 2014 3:21 pm

    – Mark Latham July 2012. quoting Latham…….Jesus, Mary and f*&^%$$# Joseph, desperation much? Latham has about the same credibility in the Labor movement as the how rich can I get? Richo. 800 people have drowned my fat arse. In the last Asian tsunami would be more like it.

    Let me see, the Liberal party is responsible for AIDS, syphilis, and genital warts. I love this, you can make it up as you go. I have it on good authority the Liberal party is going to ban Xmas.

    Over to you Walrus, your turn.

  112. phil permalink
    January 8, 2014 3:24 pm

    “What happens when the technically correctly termed ‘rescue boats’ take the reluctantly rescued back to Indonesia.”

    They are flying a kite, this is never going to get off the memo pad of some arm chair General.

    We are already an international laughing stock, wiser heads will prevail.

  113. Rickypann permalink
    January 8, 2014 5:13 pm

    Don’t flatter yourself wallflower I only concern myself with people who know what they are actually talking about in the real world… go out and hug a refugee, maybe support their business, they don’t bite, rob or kill like tones the prophet of fallacy would have you believe.

  114. TB Queensland permalink
    January 8, 2014 7:24 pm

    Indeed Walrus, indeed. I reckon some of them could be chinkies.”

    Is TB a Queensland chinkie ?

    They polled heavily for harsher punishment.

    What does a chinkie in a Safari Suit look like I wonder ?

    How did I get an MID in this lot!

    1. No and you know I’m not – I did actually come here by boat, a fkn big one – and I have always advocated onshore assessment of asylum seekers. I have also constantly posted the ACTUAL stats that prove there are more people who arrive and stay illegally by air than sea. All blithely ignored not only by cross-eyed bean counters but anyone who takes instructions from the local Young LIberals …

    2. I didn’t poll any fkn thing. And answer 1. above makes this “insertion” (oh I fkn wish!) not only silly but down right stupid … especially for a supposed CPA*

    3. Who fkn cares about safari suits except sreb, you and ToM.

    get a few new commenters and you go ballistic … painting strange word pictures of other regulars … its a never ending psychotic trait you have …

    Yer a right (pun intended) Wally, Wally …

    🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄

  115. TB Queensland permalink
    January 8, 2014 7:26 pm

    … they don’t bite, rob or kill like tones the prophet of fallacy would have you believe.

    With respect, RP, that should be “the prophet of phallicy” … coming from a big dick!

  116. January 8, 2014 10:22 pm

    I stand corrected TB..happy NY BTW..

  117. cal364 permalink
    February 5, 2014 3:29 am

    Any person that feels such desperation as to risk their lives and that of their women and children on busted arse wooden boats , crossing treacherous waters just in an attempt to find safety and solitude in australia deserve to be treated with more empathy and humility .

  118. egg permalink
    February 5, 2014 7:11 am

    Not if they’re illegal guest workers.

    By comparison a genuine refugee stuck in a camp somewhere, with his wife and kiddles, deserves compassion and our support.

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