A comedy of errors

Crikey readers talk asylum seekers, and Guy Rundle weighs in on Nauru.

Better to laugh than cry

Denise Gadd writes: Re. “Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: border idiots … think of the ‘burbs … Palin v MLK …” (yesterday). Every day I’m worried that my blood pressure will go through the roof when I read yet another stuff-up by this inept government. Diplomatic warring with Indonesia (how many times has Julie Bishop apologised to them?), allowing Nauru to get away with legal murder, culture wars resurfacing, more money for mummies who want to stay home (in my day you got $12 a week for child endowment and all my wages went on childcare, but I didn’t expect the taxpayer to pay for me to stay home),  heavying East Timor, the navy all lost at sea and our Minister Against the Environment, Greg Hunt, saying it’s OKto kill sharks. There is a light on this rather depressing horizon called Australia, though. The hysterical sight of Generalissimo Morrison and his three-star sidekick acting as if they’re in a Monty Python episode. So thank you, Jane Caro, for your humorous — even though it’s not funny — insight into what’s doing in the Antipodes under Tony Abbott’s mob. Caro for PM and First Dog for GG.  What a double.

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2 thoughts on “A comedy of errors

  1. Roger March

    Dennis Shanahan says “My policy is not to speak to Crikey about anything.” Works for me. My policy is not to read what Dennis Shanahan writes on anything.

  2. Tamas Calderwood

    Lachlan – how do we know if these people are rich or poor? They throw their papers away and we have no idea who they are. Every refugee place they take excludes another genuine refugee from a UN camp. How is that fair?

    And you say that we can easily absorb the number of arrivals. They were as follows:
    2009: 2726
    2010: 6555
    2011: 4565
    2012: 17202
    2013: 13108 in first 6 months!

    Without operation sovereign borders, how many would still be arriving? How many is too many? And how many died trying?

    This problem was solved years ago by Howard. It started again because Labor/greens wanted to be sweet and kind, but sometimes cuddly motives have tragic results.

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