When the crossbench moved to end the shameful practice of holding innocent people hostage in the pretence that this is a valid way to keep our borders secure, Scott Morrison went ballistic.
“I will do everything in my power to ensure that these suggested changes … never see the light of day,” Mr Morrison said. “I will do whatever I can. I will fight them using whatever tool or tactic I have available to me to ensure that we do not undermine our border protection laws.”
And what were these dreadful changes being proposed? That refugees that we have incarcerated get the medical treatment they need.
We can’t have that now can we. Because if we actually looked after the people who came to us seeking our help, it would render our navy and border patrol forces impotent to stop the fleet of fishing boats just waiting to set out from Indonesia.
Which raises a few questions.
If our defence and customs security can be foiled by a few fishermen, then why are we spending hundreds of billions giving them state of the art equipment? And why didn’t the armada set out in response to the hundreds of people who have already been brought here for medical treatment? Or after hundreds were resettled in the US? And if the government knows the number of asylum seekers sitting in Indonesia ready to board a vessel, why aren’t they setting up a processing centre there and shutting down the smugglers?
How about those pesky kids, missing school to express their anger and despair at the older generation’s inaction on climate change. They must have been put up to it by radical lefty socialist teachers. They should be in school doing some rote learning about how wonderful Western civilisation is rather than emulating the dole bludgers by protesting.
That young lady who wrote to the PM about her disappointment at the standard of behaviour in parliament should stop worrying her little head about grownup tactics that she couldn’t possibly understand.
And then there are those uppity women who are objecting to being objectified. If Sarah Hanson-Young wears a dress that shows a portion of her upper chest she should expect to be ridiculed. How can we take anyone with breasts seriously? She was obviously asking for people to focus on her tits. What was she talking about again?
If women can’t stand the heat of men bullying and slut-shaming them, they shouldn’t be in parliament. And if they happen to be there, any idea that a conscience vote means you can vote with your conscience about things like a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy will be viewed as a mark against you come preselection time. Understand?
And what about those Indigenous people who think they should have some say in policies that affect them? They have no right to interfere in whatever Tony Abbott has planned for them because he obviously knows best. More truancy officers, more gaols, mandatory sentencing, tougher penalties for dole infringements, income control with pocket money dribbled out, pay the people that are forced to deal with them a bit more, and make them move to where services are.
Then there is the “gay agenda”. They weren’t happy with just being allowed to marry the person they love – they are trying to stop all discrimination against people based on their sexuality or gender identity. Surely they understand that Christians must be allowed to vilify people on the basis of their interpretation of an ancient book that has been rewritten over centuries by men with their own agenda. Homosexuality is unnatural. Praying to mythical beings whilst engaging in mock cannibalistic rituals is, on the other hand, the rock on which society is built.
The Coalition cannot understand why people are not satisfied with the fact that some people are getting much richer. Company profits are at record highs after all. Women and children should be happy that the men are taking care of things. Indigenous folk should recognise how much better off they are since the white man took control. And gays should be thankful we no longer lock them up.
After 27 years of continuous growth in GDP, and a surplus budget sometime soon, surely people appreciate that the government is doing its bit. If you are not well off, it’s your own fault for being born to the wrong parents.
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