Tasmanian Times

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Compassion triumphs over inhumanity and illegality

The passing of the medical transfers bill is wonderful news for sick asylum seekers and refugees incarcerated in Nauru and on Manus Island. While offshore processing remains systemically cruel and illegal, at least this reform goes some genuine way to limit the cruelty and provide an alternative pathway to the court system.

Today’s vote is also a triumph for our democratic system because the Parliament worked as it should. A majority of members represented their communities and worked cooperatively in the public interest.

But this is just the beginning. The inhumanity and illegality will only ever be fully remedied when offshore processing is abolished, and when we’ve put an end to the other diabolical elements of Labor and Liberal policy like mandatory detention, towbacks and temporary visas.



Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart






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  1. TV Resident

    February 13, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    I guess this is a time when the ‘tow backs’ and the ‘turn backs’ will be suspended and will also be made public. Dutton and Morrison are just looking for something to throw at Labor and the Greens along with the Independents. I cannot understand how this brutally callous bunch have been able to rule for so long. Yes I do, we have fickle voters who will believe ANYTHING that these zealots will throw at us.

  2. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    February 13, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Andrew, I have always had a lot of respect for you, but on this one, I beg to differ.

    There are some fundamental fault lines appearing across the entire old western world over persistent lack of respect for boundaries and enforcing them, and not just physical ones. And the baleful consequences of that are all too plain to see, whether we are talking state or social governance, at all levels.

    The petty-bourgeois humanities trained social libertarians just don’t ‘get’ this, aren’t listening and won’t learn the lessons (except the really hard way) any more than their economics department trained free market corporate opposite numbers are when it comes to their economic misgovernance and lack of respect for boundaries (rules based state administration and taxation) or the environment.

    And what is also plain to see is that an indulgence based economic system that runs on fantasy driven rather than needs and wants demand, has has developed a toxic indulgence based political culture whose intellectually and morally blunted aficionados can no longer tell the difference between an uncritical excuse making soft touch, and genuine compassion and empathy.

    Both sides are into exactly the same deregulatory agendas posing as ‘liberty’ and the same privatization drivers that put the common good well behind private sectional interests and individuals. Both sides are regime apparatchiks. And neither of them are benign, despite their flimsy claims to the contrary.

    The old notions of ‘left’ and ‘right’ are a laughable fiction.

    So, as some of the most expensive and well looked after asylum seekers/refugees in history get mentalhealthed into Australia (medicalizing camp denizen evacuation policy clearly undermines border defence strategy) voters like myself are faced with an appalling choice come next election, as both sides show off ideological wares that make crummy policy the norm.

    On the one hand we have the idiocy of climate change denial and miserable economic administration on behalf of economic looters, and the idiocy of miserable social administration by petty bourgeois ideological cream puffs, who are anyone’s if fed a good enough sob story and the prospect of fat bureaucratic stipends in the service of ‘kissing and making it all better’.

    When I go to my voting booth this May, I suppose I’ll have to vote labor, armed with a sick back so I don’t vomit all over my voting slips!

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