How about the People’s Lounge?

Crikey readers talk asylum seekers, going after the real criminals, and why we should all get to use Qantas' Chairman's Lounge.

Manus Island queue-jumpers get little sympathy

Gres Clarkson writes: Re. “Crikey says: Morrison exports his department’s failure” (yesterday). You claim the whole world will be watching Australia because of the asylum seekers (refugees who paid $10,000 for a one-way ticket) having dramas on Manus Island. A little exaggeration. Wherever the “refugees” go populations are against having them. There is no sympathy for them except with the rent-a-crowd people. They are treated better here than in France, in Calais. There is a long list of similar places.

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3 thoughts on “How about the People’s Lounge?

  1. Guy Rundle

    Sorry, Peter, that’s not really what I said. I said that actually the mass of the public have very little capacity for the actual, applied cruelty that running a concentration camp system requires – which is why governments always justify what they do in terms of ‘fairness’ etc.
    What the public seems to want is for asylum seekers and their conditions to be invisible. Any breakout from that counts as policy failure.
    That is not nearly as venal as actual cruelty, and gives scope for pushing back against the government.

  2. Blair Martin

    Hey there, Gres Clarkson – “There is no sympathy for them except with the rent-a-crowd people.” Am one of those you sneeringly demean with your cheap jibe – except if anyone is “renting” me to have “sympathy” for asylum seekers, then they are seriously late with the rent!

    It sticks in my craw to read your smug, self-satisfied labeling of your church and those within. The church I attend has none of that and I know which one of the two is more spiritually nourishing and character building.

  3. Salamander

    I haven’t been able to find a media report of the actual amount Craig Thomson was convicted of defrauding. If $36.000 is correct, media reports are highly misleading, with many implying 100s of 1000s.

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