It’s not the refugees that are politically expedient, but the LNP and the greens!
Since last Friday, Tony Abbott has gone from grudging support for Rudd’s PNG solution to “it’s already unravelling” to “It won’t work, cos you can’t trust this government to implement it”.
Now the evidence is already piling up that it will and, in fact, is working, despite the concerted efforts of Abbott and Milne, and their respective parties to make sure that it doesn’t.
They have well and truly shown that, despite copious amounts of crocodile tears during this term of government, over the plight of asylum seekers, the deaths at sea are nothing more than collateral damage in the fight for political power, and all the slogans and rhetoric are meaningless.
The sad thing is that despite Abbott’s rhetoric about Rudd being the People smugglers best friend and travel agent (More of his sloganeering), the truth is that he is the one telling them that the PNG solution is only a fix for the election, and that it won’t work long term, and as a result encouraging them to maintain the pressure by sending more boats.
So it is fairly clear that Abbott does NOT want Rudd’s plan to succeed, and as with his bid for the top job, he will do and say anything to achieve his political ambitions including screaming from the roof tops “STOP THE BOATS”, whilst actively working to make sure that they “don’t” stop.
And at the other end of the political spectrum, we have Milne trying to tell us that the greens are all about fairness and caring, whilst announcing a policy that clearly advantages the higher paid over the lower socioeconomic demographic, and closely resembles Abbott’s PPL scheme.
They also cry foul at every possible opportunity, claiming that PNG is such a terrible place to be sending asylum seekers, and actively promoting the failure of the PNG solution, sounding so outraged at any policy but their own, as if they are the fonts of all knowledge and wisdom, as another boat capsizes and at least one more life is lost.
So can we safely assume that Milne and the greens would rather see asylum seekers sent to the bottom of the Indian ocean, than to PNG?
The reality is that if, as I predicted in my previous posts, only a few hundred asylum seekers end up in PNG, the flow on effect, over time, will be to make not only Manus Island obsolete, but also Nauru, and the detention centre on Christmas Island as the boats slow and eventually stop.
This eventuality will also free up millions if not billions of aid dollars for regional processing, as well as the resettlement of genuine refugees who have been assessed and approved through the UNHCR, and who are currently languishing in camps across Indonesia, Malaysia, North Africa and the Middle East etc. I have yet to come across anyone who has all the answers, but one thing that I’m sure of is that something needs to be done to stop the tragic loss of life.
One other thing that I’m sure of is that Abbott and Milne do not have the policies or the political will to stop the drownings! I say that with all confidence based on the fact that if they were serious, they would be prepared to compromise in at least the short term, for the sake of doing something to save lives, with a view to making it better with their own policies if and when they get the opportunity.
The time for political posturing is over, and we need to send a strong and unequivocal message to the dissenters, and the people smugglers that we have, as a nation, had enough of the lies, spin, slogans and most importantly the deaths.
And to Abbott and Milne, that if you continue to actively promote and advocate for the boats to keep coming through your mendacious, malicious and disingenuous statements. then you will prove conclusively to those that really care about the real issues, that;
- Abbott accused of undermining boat message (news.theage.com.au)