This morning I read in one of those Fairfax papers that now wasn’t the time to be cynical.
Well, pardon me. Has the “jihad” ended so early? Have they come back into the fold and joined “Team Australia”?
Now, I must say that I don’t like being told not to be cynical. It’s like being told not to be suspicious. Or annoyed. Thinking about it, whenever someone begins a sentence with: “I don’t want you to be angry, but …”, there’s very little chance that you’re going to be delighted with the finish.
But those jihadists at Fairfax are telling me not to be cynical, so I’ll try to concentrate on the positive.
We’ve upped our refugee intake. There are an extra 12,000 who can come here to safety.
And they’ll be part of the queue. I mean that’s the thing, isn’t it? We don’t like “queue jumpers”, so these people will be joining us on a first come, first served basis.
Well, I guess that’s why I’m a bit confused.
How come these people are suddenly being prioritised? Have they just suddenly made it to the front of the “queue”, when there are people all around the world who’ve been stuck in refugee camps for years.
Or is it that they’re pouring into Europe?
But as I said, bringing these people to Australia is likely to be a good thing, so one shouldn’t be cynical about a good thing. One should praise Tony Abbott for his leadership, and how he’s stared down the conservatives in his ranks and told them that we’re taking these refugees, even if Cory Bernardi showed a distinct lack of empathy in suggesting that the drowned boy’s death was the father’s fault.
So good on you, Tony. Well done, mate. And I understand that we’re not going to prioritise Christians… We’re going to prioritise “persecuted minorities”. And Christians are one of the most persecuted minorities in the Middle East. Gee, the whole Christianity thing started when those Middle East types tried to eliminate the Christian leader about 2,000 years ago.
Mm, apparently if you’re persecuted when you’re part of a majority, then it’s not a problem. Maybe this explains the reduction in funding of resources to help women fleeing domestic violence – as there are more women than men, they’re not part of a “persecuted minority”.
But we’ve agreed to take another 12,000. And that’s the important thing. So it’s not the time to be cynical.
Not the time to point out that we also anounced that – after careful deliberation – we’ve decided to bomb targets in Syria. And we announced this on the same day at the big announcement on refugees. (Gee, I was right last week. My sources are infallible!)
But hey, it’s not the time to be cynical. I’m sure this was just a coincidence.
So it was sad to see that Leigh Sales cynically continuing the bias against the Abbott Government with her interview of Tony Abbott last night
Sales: When Labor left office, unemployment was 5.8 per cent; it’s now 6.3 per cent. Growth was 2.5 per cent; it’s now 2 per cent. The Australian dollar was 92 cents; it’s now around 70 cents. The budget deficit was $30 billion when you took office and now it’s $48 billion. How do you explain to the Australian people that you were elected promising, in your words, to fix the budget emergency, yet in fact, Australia’s economic position has worsened under your leadership?
Mr Abbott: Well I don’t accept that. The boats have stopped. The carbon tax has …
Sales interrupted: We’re talking about the economy.
Mr Abbott: The boats have stopped, the carbon tax has gone, the mining tax has gone. We are now on a path to sustainable surplus and we’ve got three free-trade agreements finalised. If only the Labor Party and the CMFEU [Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union] weren’t trying to sabotage the Free Trade Agreement with China.
Later Abbott told us:
“I refuse to talk our country down and I hope the national broadcaster might join me in looking for the good and boosting our country, which has so much potential,”
Leigh Sales showed further bias by asking how he would have reacted if she’d tried to help Swan or Gillard talk the economy up.
Sales doesn’t understand that when people support the Labor Party, that’s bias. When they support The Greens, that’s insanity. It’s only when they support the Government that they’re truly on the side of Team Australia and showing no bias at all, because they’re the ones that have us a path to “sustainable surplus” even if the Budget deficit looks like doubling.
And the Liberal Party is the Government. Always. OK, sometimes they’re a government in exile because the people made a bad choice at the previous election. But they’re like Kings after a coup d’etat: the rulers put there by God, only to be displaced by foolish men who don’t understand the natural order of things.
But I’m being cynical.
I should just say well done on helping 12,000 Syrians.
I shouldn’t even ask how long before we start processing them . And I certainly shouldn’t ask how long before the first of them arrive.
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