Tuesday 10th of December 2019

be afraid, very afraid...


Scott Morrison had to backtrack on comments made about the boats from Sri Lanka stopped by Border Force, writes John Wren.

TWO BIG NEWS ITEMS were grabbing the headlines this week. The first was the Tamil family from Biloela whose lawyers have so far delayed their deportation to Wednesday and then again until Friday. It’s very clear that the vast majority of Australians now see no reason why the family cannot stay in Australia.

The video of screaming toddlers violently wrenched from their tearful and bruised mother by Peter Dutton’s black-shirted goons (actually a deep navy blue, but black enough to have sinister Mosley-like connotations) have shocked the nation. Is this done in our name and why?

Scott Morrison is pragmatic and usually seeks a political win. It would now be seen as a popular move to back down and grant the family residence and as such would be the path that Morrison would normally take. This time he hasn’t, and it reveals much about the Liberal Party’s leadership tensions.

Dutton has never given up his dream of being PM. He knows full well that it was Morrison who thwarted him when he deposed Turnbull last year. The Home Affairs mega-portfolio has given Dutton near-insurmountable powers and his flagrant and deliberate use of them to cruelly deport the family against the popular will of the people is a direct challenge to Morrison’s leadership.

Morrison could easily direct Dutton to reverse his decision and be lauded as the popular peacemaker. The fact he hasn’t is indicative that he no longer has control of Dutton. Dutton is the one with the power now and the unfortunate family are the just the pawns in his raw display of naked power. What we are seeing is a lame duck PM and a megalomaniac Home Affairs Minister running roughshod over him, because, well, he can.

In short, Morrison has the title, but Dutton has the power. Be afraid, Australia. Be very afraid.

There have been ridiculous comments made by both Dutton and Morrison regarding the family. On Monday, a strategic news drop was made claiming that a number of asylum seeker boats from Sri Lanka had been stopped by Border Force. Accompanying the news item was file footage of just such a boat being boarded by high-vis wearing ABF personnel.

The article stated there was a “surge” of these boats. Internet sleuths soon identified the footage as being filmed in 2014, so not recent. Stupidly for Morrison, it also belied his bombast rhetoric that he had “stopped the boats”. He hadn’t, of course; the boats have kept coming. They are just being turned around or simply not reported on.

Morrison was forced the next day to admit it was a made-up story to keep the fear of asylum seeker boats in the media. The liar from the Shire strikes again. Stupidly, the mainstream media ran with the story as usual.

Yesterday, Morrison then stated that allowing the family to stay would be a threat to national security. Last time I looked at the map, Biloela did not seem to be a high-value strategic target. As for the toddlers, they are obviously very dangerous individuals. Morrison is flailing on this issue. It is now reflecting so badly on the Government that the best thing, PR-wise, for him to do is allow them to stay. The media will move on and in a week the story will be gone. But he can’t because Dutton won’t let him.

Dutton claimed that the family were “not in detention” on Christmas Island. Given they are in a detention centre, surrounded by guards, forbidden visitors and contact with everyone but their lawyers this seems like yet another lie. How someone can publicly spout such bald-faced lies is incredible. This is the thug the voters of Dickson chose to represent them. What does that say about them?

On a side note, but related, Dutton’s wife, Kirralee, runs two childcare centres in Brisbane. As such, Peter has a direct financial interest in them. The businesses are part of the Dutton family’s marital assets. Any impartial observer would note that Dutton, or those he commands, seem to take pleasure in the physical and mental abuse of children. This was evident in the way the Tamil children were treated, separated from their mother in transit to Darwin and then Christmas Island.

To add insult to injury, the childcare centres’ website proudly proclaims that:

‘Children need to feel safe and secure in our environment — we are influenced greatly by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child.’

I wonder if the centres’ customers (parents) know that the husband of the owner seems to routinely breach such U.N. conventions on the rights of children and the refoulement of refugees, amongst others.

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congratulations alan...

Alan Jones has continued his defence of the Sri Lankan family from Biloela who are awaiting deportation at Christmas Island, revealing he has personally written to the Prime Minister.

The Tamil family was flown to the offshore detention centre over the weekend as the government abides by a court-ordered injunction that lasts until Wednesday.

Priya and Nadesalingam came separately to Australia by boat in 2012 and 2013 and settled in regional Queensland, having their Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2.

But the courts have repeatedly found they are not legitimate refugees, which Alan Jones disagrees with vehemently.

Alan says the entire affair is “unbelievably disgusting and disgraceful”.

“I find the government’s behaviour on this, and that of Peter Dutton, beyond disgraceful.”

He’s calling for Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to use his discretion and allow the family to stay in the country.

“I have written to the Prime Minister. There’s been no response.

“I was asking him for a bit of practical Christianity.”


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