At last night’s Di Gribble argument, ex-Labor MP Anna Burke gave a few revealing insights into the inner workings of the ALP when it comes to debating how Australia treats asylum seekers. Lead speaker Shen Narayanasamy spoke on the topic “The Great Immigration Con”, and Burke was the only former MP on the panel of combatants in the argument. Burke said that in 2001, as the Tampa crisis was at its peak, she went to then Labor opposition leader Kim Beazley’s office to ask why he wasn’t prosecuting the case properly against then PM John Howard and he told her “the navy wouldn’t lie to us”. History shows that there were lies in that case, just where they weren’t expected.

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