Monday, 28 July 2014

When Australia is not Australia – Scott Morrison and the mad, mad world of boat people

On AM  this morning:
CHRIS UHLMANN: Why have you broken your policy for off-shore processing and decided to sent them to Curtin?

SCOTT MORRISON: We haven’t broken our promises for off-shore processing. Off-shore processing is the backstop measure. Where we can get people sent back to the country from which they’ve come from, then that’s exactly what we’ll do and that’s the step we’re now engaged in. 

It’s not the policy of this Government to send out the water taxi the second the whistle goes up, as was the practise of the previous government, that’s not what we do. We seek to frustrate every aspect of this venture, and that includes having people sent back where we can do that. And now you’ll know that he mainland of Australia is an excised off-shore place for the purposes of the migration act.

CHRIS UHLMANN: That’s true, Australia is no longer part of Australia for the purposes of the Migration Act.

SCOTT MORRISON: And that was the legislation brought in by the previous government which we supported. Now that means the off-shore processing options remain open to the Government in relation to this caseload of people that have come by this method, and the Government reserves those options.
And I particularly liked the “anyhow, don’t blame me it was Labor wot done it” reference: ” Unfortunately true enough to make a fellow want to go green
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