In Modern society there is the concept of shared responsibility. Not only must the person committing an illegal or immoral act be held to account but also those who caused the act to happen must also be held to account. There is growing evidence that Reza Berati was murdered at Manus Island, either by a security guard or by someone the guards let into the facility. Morrison tried to say that the murder occurred outside the compound and outside his jurisdiction. Not only that but Morrison tried to blame Reza Berati for his own murder by saying he had placed himself in danger. There could not have been anything more disgusting than Morrison’s performance blaming Reza Berati for being outside the compound when the truth is that he was inside under Morrison’s care and protection.
If Morrison had immediately started an enquiry based on finding the truth rather than covering up the circumstances of Reza Berati’s death there could have been a case for Morrison keeping his job, but that did not happen. Instead Morrison went straight into cover-up mode the way the whole of the Abbott government goes into cover-up anytime they act in an unacceptable manner. By attempting to a cover-up Morrison became as guilty of murder as the person whole stomped on Reza Berati’s head. Morrison’s resignation is probably the best that can happen for now but I hope that some time in the future Morrison receives the full sanctions available under the law for his actions.
I hope that claimed abuses by Australian Navy personnel of refugees attempting to enter Australia are groundless. They probably are groundless, but what Morrison/Abbott and the rest fail to understand is that if what is happening to refugees is kept secret these types of claims will happen over and over. Secrecy is always the breading ground of conspiracy theories and false claims.
The sort of claims the Abbott government is now fending off is a natural result of the Abbott government’s failure to communicate. The Abbott government does not seem to get that MSM is no longer the only way people get information and information can no-longer be controlled. If some of that information is incorrect/misinformed and plain fiction keeping the truth secret only gives misinformation traction. It is a natural progression that if Morrison/Abbott do not tell us what is happening they must be lying bastards. Considering the information given, or rather not given this is the most believable option available.
Tony Abbott has introduced an overseas aid policy that will allow Indonesian fisherman to update their battered and leaking boats. The scheme is simple. The Australian Navy waits on the edge of our territorial waters with a supply of new boats. All the Indonesian fishermen have to do to collect their new boat is to sail to where the boats are waiting and the Navy exchanges new for old.
When the exchange has been completed there is a short ceremony that finishes with a ten gun military salute using live ammunition and the Indonesian fishermen sail back to Indonesia as fast as they can.
The Indonesian Government is reported to be so surprised by the generosity of the Australian government that it has been struck silent, but inside sources say a letter of thanks is being formulated as I write. A first draft became water damaged whilst being smuggled out by a fishermen coming to collect his new boat. So far the bits that can be translated read.
“mr f Abbo.. Wh…th.. f.c. do y….. pig.y e..d f.cked wit… .orr.ble N..is Gov…ment t..nk Th.y are pl..ing at. If w. cat.. t..t wa.cker S.ott Mor…on w. .ill string h.. up .. … balls .. if .. cat.. Ju.ia .ishop s.e .ill be plant.. in . rain fo..est .ith a ba.boo ..ick up h.r arse.
The remainder is undecipherable but we understand the Indonesian Government is highly animated and are still performing an ancient ritual dance not seen since the Japanese made a surprise visit from the north.
In a surprising act of modesty the Australian Government has not chosen to publicise this generous and noble policy.
Absolutely essential to democracy is that information is fully and freely available and the freedom to decide for oneself. This essential ingredient of democracy is missing in Australia. I am being told, (or not told) by Scott Morrison what I am supposed to know. Not being told is in many ways worse than being lied to. At least with a lie there is the chance of discovering the truth, but with censorship there isn’t even the hint of what I am not being told. Morrison, what are you hiding?
What is the Australian Navy up to? What exactly is Operation Sovereign Borders? Why are Australian military forces being used in what is a civilian situation? Do we have a military force trying to invade us from the sea? Is there any suggestion that this is an armed invasion? Why does the Navy need to buy lifeboats? What is it that Morrison is doing that is secret and hidden behind the euphemism ‘operational matters?’ What is it about the ‘operation’ that has to be kept from the Australian Public? What disgusting things are you doing in our name?
I do not expect Scott Morrison to answer these questions. That would be too close to democracy for the Abbott government to understand.
Scott Morrison will now replace weekly briefings with written statements. Just how gutless can a government minister be? This is typical of the Murdoch/Abbott dictatorship, and this is the actions of a dictatorship. How else can you describe a government that does what it likes behind closed doors and acts as if it has no accountability to the people of Australia?
I had many misgivings when Abbott was elected but I never dreamed it could be as bad as this. In four months the government of Australia has gone from a battered democracy to a Nazis government who sometimes releases statements based on keeping the bogans happy rather than truth. I cannot believe a word that this government says.
Fortunately opponents to Nazism have a tool that the German people in 1930 did not have, social media, and as long as we can keep the Internet out of hands of Rupert Goebbels democracy will win out in the end. It is unfortunate that democracy in Australia may depend on WordPress and Twitter.
This government must fall if Australia is to return to democracy and social media has become the only way of getting the message out. Your blogs and Tweet become more important as each day passes.
Tony Abbott has limited the number of refugees to be granted permanent protection visas for refugees to 1650 this year. This is retrospective and 33,000 refugees arriving before July first this year will have no hope of settling in Australia.
How can a country like Australia show its face on the world stage when it allows only 1650 refugees a year to stay in Australia for three years before a review of their status? Is Abbott blind to world events’? We already know that refugees from Sri Lanka will be returned to possible torture and worse under Abbott’s ‘Shit Happens’ policy. No wonder Australia stands condemned by the UN for its immigration policies.
Countries and people stand or fall by their actions. The condemnation on many fronts that Australia is earning around the world is justified. This must be the most uncaring racist bigoted developed country in the world. This is just not the country I came to love after arriving as an immigrant many years ago.
From a democracy view Australia is now the Fourth Reich. In a democracy rules must never, never, never be retrospective. We must never disadvantage anyone under the law by changing the rules after the event. It goes further than that. The retrospective changes effect the rules set by a previous government. That is not democracy that is fascism.
All I can say is long live the British monarchy because it is the only thing standing between us and a full on Nazis regime.
Scott Morrison said today that an Abbott government will turn back refugee boats coming from Indonesia.
Totally untrue. We already know that the Indonesian government will not accept the boats back. Just another Liberal lie that Abbott knows is never going to happen.
Nothing Abbott says he will do stands any chance of happening. The Boats will not be turned back. Carbon pricing will not be repealed. Abbott will not create two Million new jobs to solve the problem of having six hundred thousand unemployed, unless he tows boat from Indonesia to fill the 1.4M jobs we do not have workers for.
The only things Abbott has said he will do that I believe is to take away tax concessions on superannuation for low paid workers, and screw the government by mass sackings as in Queensland.
Basically Abbott says whatever sounds good to the unthinking consummers of the Murdoch media. No-doubt Morrison’s words will be widely broadcast by Murdoch but sanity will have no place in the dialogue.