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Are the Liberals to blame for Labor’s racist refugee policy?

Reading the Fairfax papers, you’d have to think the present refugee mania is all the fault of John Howard or Malcolm Turnbull.

Now apart from the odd commentator supporting a tough on refugees approach, (and they were prominent in the past few days), all the opinion writers in Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald attacked Liberals past and present for the refugee hysteria enveloping Australia.

Not one of them attacked Rudd for his Indonesian solution and its inhumanity and heartlessness. 

I knew the Australian soft left was in denial over Obama, but hadn’t realised what apologists they were and are for Rudd. 

So amid all the thousands of words of analysis, where is the condemnation from the faux left of Rudd for his anti-refugee stance, for the essential sameness of his refugee policies with those of Howard?  Missing in action.

Apparently racist policies are bad if they are Liberal policies but good if they are Labor’s.

Even those Fairfax writers who make the case for allowing refugees to enter Australia ignore the fact that it is Labor trying to stop them coming here.

Of course the Liberals deserve our condemnation for trying to make political mileage out of the refugee situation by, as Malcolm Fraser put it, ‘scratching the redneck nerve.’

But Fraser was talking to both sides of politics, not just the Liberals.

Supposed liberal Liberal Malcolm Turnbull is pushing a reactionary position on refugees to save his leadership. 

It says much about the sorry state of Australian politics and the pervasive influence of racism that he may succeed in holding on, at least until the drubbing he and his Party get at the next election.

Fairfax commentators might like to remember that Labor, not the Liberals, are in power. 

Rudd Labor could solve the issue in a day, setting up a refugee processing centre in Indonesia to facilitate and encourage the flow of asylum seekers into Australia.

This collective journalistic denialism reflects unthinking support for Labor, an unthinking support that those of us who oppose the racist refugee policies of Rudd Labor see through. 

Amongst that group, until we can build  a mass movement around refugees, climate change, economic crisis and the like, the Greens are the likely beneficiaries of Rudd Labor’s racist policies.

 At least Labor in action shows us the complete and utter bankruptcy of the ALP ‘left’, the prima donnas of perverted power for profit.



Comment from Dave Bath
Time October 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Yes. Yes. Yes. I’ll proudly admit to being very anti-immigration on environmental grounds, just as I believe we should shrink our population as quickly as technology can replace the muscles lost through ageing and shrinking workforces, but strongly believe in holding to the UN convention on treatment of refugess in letter and spirit.

As I note here, the more elegant solution for a supposed skilled international diplomat increasing Australia’s clout is to convince more countries in the region to sign the convention.

To expect KRudd to live up to his hype as an anti-Brutopian is to invite disappointment.

Comment from Benjamin Solah
Time October 19, 2009 at 9:21 am

Dave being anti-immigration on environmental grounds is a farce. It just ends up the same as the racists. We have plenty of room here. We’re the sixth least densely populated country in the world.

If we want to shrink our population, the first to go should be the useless scum floating at the top like James Packer.