Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: border idiots … think of the ‘burbs … Palin v MLK …

Are those in charge of "border" protection really that stupid? We are not only bullying East Timor but have "mistakenly" sent our navy into Indonesian waters. Who is in charge here, and what on earth are they thinking?

Jane Caro

Novelist, author and social commentator

Border patrol. So George Brandis has put his hands over his eyes and promised faithfully (promise, Your Honour) that he will not read the documents obtained by the raid on the lawyer representing the East Timorese government in its stoush with us over oil and gas in the Timor Sea. But if he’s not going to read them, why did Australian authorities feel the need to raid the lawyer’s offices in the first place? What were they looking for? And what were the “security issues” they were concerned about? Could it be that the case Australia intends to put in the International Court of Justice is — ahem — not very strong? (What’s Ian Callinan suddenly doing on the ICJ panel, by the way? I suspect this story has much further to go.)


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10 thoughts on “Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: border idiots … think of the ‘burbs … Palin v MLK …

  1. Grumpy Old Sod

    I would like an assurance from the Royal Australian Navy that they will never ‘inadvertently’ navigate into Kangaroo Island. Or could it be that such an assurance would be based on the fact that they never go near the bloody place anyway?

  2. klewso

    Is that promise retrospective?

  3. klewso

    [….. and don’t light sabres buzz? A broken one might rattle….]

  4. FSN

    Hi Jane, nice work. Hey, I see Judy Horacek is credited in your piece once you log in, but she’s still not mentioned on the mailout or the webpage. It appears that the cartoon is by Kerryn Goldsworthy, and that’s really unfortunate. Any chance this can be fixed? Cheers.

  5. Pedantic, Balwyn

    The Abbott Government is clearly aware that they ( and News Ltd) have created in the minds of the majority that all Asian or Middle Eastern people are alien, darkies, religious nuts and not worth caring about or respecting. So Indonesia or Timor Leste can complain all they like about Australia breaching their sovereignty, it wont cause any heart burn for the bully boys running this country!

  6. Jimmyhaz

    I just fundamentally don’t understand the coalition’s long-term goals in any of these areas. Is the extent of their ambition getting re-elected? Or are they also hoping to steer Australia to the extreme right-wing, like what has occurred in the UK and the US?

  7. paddy

    An apology to Judy Horacek in tomorrow’s email might just help sooth some unfortunate bruises.

  8. AR

    PedanticB – that was certainly rat hately’s view on 2GB this morning – re the “injuries reportage”, quoth the little bully, “to Hell with the Indonesian navy!”. And lest we forget, “We Warn the Tzar!” from early 20thC Sydney press

  9. Iskandar

    Abbott’s solution to the international refugee crisis:
    Abbott’s solution to the Syrian Civil War:
    Abbott’s solution to Climate Change:
    Consistently confirming my thesis that right-wing brains are half-missing, half-dead or half-functioning.

  10. Ken Lambert

    Don’t be so afraid Jane.

    How could you be afraid of 250 million people whose Search and Rescue service have little rubber boats which can’t go out at night? Its true – I heard it on the ABC?

    Our magnificent RAN has steel boats which can go out at might and have navigated right up to the Indonesian breakers (shoreline for the non-nautical) to save a sinking asylum seeker.

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