In April this year, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told the world:
People smugglers are engaged in the world's most evil trade and they should all rot in jail because they represent the absolute scum of the earth. We see this lowest form of human life at work in what we saw on the high seas yesterday.

Rudd was talking about the tragic events arising from an explosion on board a boat carrying a group of Afghani asylum seekers.

Last week Rudd’s "scum of the earth" appeared before Justice Dean Mildren in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.