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Feb 28, 2013

Crikey says: Morrison adds to an ugly rap sheet

Labor wants to "control the news" -- but the Coalition did, too. The ABC gets hacked and the rest of us get nervous. Worshipping with Bono at TED's expensive temple. The women going down the mines to make a killing. And looking through Google's Glass.

Coalition immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison, speaking yesterday:

“It’s … important that the government look at ensuring that police in particular are advised of people being released into the community in their jurisdiction, so that police are at least aware.”

You know, like p-edophiles. Even members of his own party have rebuked him today. But of course, we’ve been here before.

Like in February 2011, on flying asylum seekers to Sydney for the funerals of relatives:

“The government had the option of having these services on Christmas Island. If relatives of those who were involved wanted to go to Christmas Island, like any other Australian who wanted to attend a funeral service in another part of the country, they would have made their own arrangements to be there …¬†And when it comes to the question of do I think this is a reasonable cost, then my honest answer is, ‘No, I don’t think it is reasonable’.”

Also in February 2011, Lenore Taylor reported in The Sydney Morning Herald:

“The opposition immigration spokesman, Scott Morrison, urged the shadow cabinet to capitalise on the electorate’s growing concerns about ‘Muslim immigration’, ‘Muslims in Australia’ and the ‘inability’ of Muslim migrants to integrate.

“Mr Morrison’s suggestion was made at a meeting in December at which shadow ministers were asked to bring three ideas for issues on which the Coalition should concentrate its political attack during this parliamentary term.”

In February 2012, a press release on two cases of typhoid found one on an Australia-bound boat:

“When illegal boats turn up in our waters there will always be the risk that people on these boats will carry serious communicable diseases. The more boats there are, the greater the risk of serious diseases presenting …

“As long as Labor’s soft policies on our borders continue, these boats will continue to arrive along with the risks they carry, including people with serious communicable diseases.”

In March 2012, he warned asylum seekers may be carrying guns:

“The guns on our streets, the guns being traded, the guns that form this black market have got into Australia through pretty porous borders.”

And in June 2012, he told 2GB asylum seekers were also arriving cashed-up:

“I’ve been up at Christmas Island I’ve the seen the bags and the various other things of the passengers, and I’ve seen wads of cash before. I’ve seen large displays of jewellery and various other things, so a lot of money floating around when these boats come in is not uncommon as I understand it.”

The rap sheet is too long — Morrison’s campaign to vilify foreigners seeking refuge on our shores is concerted and deeply held. He really believes this stuff. And he’s set to be the nation’s immigration minister in September.

Labor is guilty of similar crimes, but there isn’t, to quote Peter Hartcher, a grub quite like Morrison. We hope neighbours are informed where he lives.

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24 thoughts on “Crikey says: Morrison adds to an ugly rap sheet

  1. Cyndi

    Similar crimes…(both sides do it!)…care to elucidate?

  2. john willoughby

    on the subject of hobbies Scott lists “Church” as his main pastime …
    being disgusting would be a more accurate appraisal..

  3. klewso

    “Reith-Morrison – The Lowest Common Denominator.”

  4. Holden Back

    Didn’t he head Tourism Australia at one stage? Now that’s irony.

  5. ailie.bruins@gmail.com

    I believe Mr Morrison is a very devout Christian. Perhaps someone from the media pack should ask Mr Morrison what Jesus would think of his suggestions?

  6. Lee Miller

    This worked for the Howard government as a way of diverting anger from the government to someone lower down the ladder. It’s easier to kick down than to punch upwards.
    We have become a sad and frightened nation now. Always looking for someone else to blame for our own dissatisfaction and our own loss of national unity as we move more into individualism.

  7. Bill Hilliger

    @5 Wrong. Scott Morrison is a RC, but like most of that ilk, not a christian (my apology to non christians ( I’m a member) in our society. Professed christians like mr Morrison is the reason why I find it very difficult to even contemplate being such. Furthermore a grub like him should also report to the local police so they can keep an eye on him as well. One never knows what these types get up to once out of sight.

  8. mikehilliard

    If church is his main pastime then maybe Morrison should be advising communities of any retired priests in their neighborhood.

  9. Pedantic, Balwyn

    And he’s set to be the nations immigration minister next September with the almost universal support of the Australian media.(Crikey is an honorable exception providing balance)
    Yet Morrison is not alone in exhibiting characteristics many would consider “un-Australian”. However as factual or truthful analysis has deserted the majority in the Canberra Press gallery they will ensure that Morrison and his compatriots will prevail on September 14th.
    Just goes to show, be careful what you wish for!

  10. Pedantic, Balwyn

    @Bill Hilliger may be accurate in stating that Morrison is an RC; but as a practising RC myself I can assure him that I and the very large number of RCs in my social group find Morrison and his views totally abhorrent, whatever his professed religion.