Labor offers advice on asylum seekers (really)

Political parties have their strengths and weaknesses. Labor’s major weakness is border policy. They fluffed it when they were in office. As a result, 1200 people drowned.

So when Kristina Kenneally offers advice on strong boraders and policies that won’t cause a flood of boats or claims, it might be best to turn on your heels and walk away. But Kenneally is nothing if not persistent, and she thinks the Biloela 4 is a winner for he and Labor (but mainly her). Check out her weasel words and the hypocrisy of Labor. This is from Dutton’s office via The Australian:

Almost 6000 asylum-seekers whose refugee claims were rejected after they arrived by boat under the previous Labor government are engaged in similar legal appeals to that of a Tamil family that will learn on Wednesday whether their eleventh-hour Federal Court bid to prevent their deportation has succeeded.

Department of Home Affairs statistics also reveal that successive Labor immigration ministers removed 2631 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers from the Australian community and onshore detention centres and returned them to Sri Lanka at the height of the border protection crisis between 2010 and 2013.

So Labor did what the Morrison Government wants to do. Where were the protestors back then?

The backlog of legal cases involving people fighting to stay in Australia was revealed after opposition home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally said an Albanese government would “absolutely” be open to letting the Tamil family stay, despite the courts finding they were not genuine refugees. She said Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, by exercising ministerial discretion to let the family stay, would “not restart the boats”.

Absolutely be “open”. Those words mean nothing.

Mike Cannon-Brookes supports climate strike …

But will his company Atlassian pay tax this year?

Probably a big fat no on that one. Tax is for little people.

But he’s a big fan of people being climate activists:

Tech giant Atlassian will encourage its 3500 employees to take part in this month’s global strike for climate action in a move it hopes will reverberate through corporate Australia.

The firm’s billionaire co-founder, Mike Cannon-Brookes, said companies had to take their share of responsibility for the “climate crisis” and warned Australians in particular could not rely on governments “at all” to address the problem.

So let’s review his company’s climate policy as at 4 September 2019, this is it in its entirety:

Note the dissonance:

… without immediate intervention, it will fundamentally disrupt the environment, society, and the economy in very painful ways …


… we’ve set a goal to run our direct operations on 100% renewable energy by 2025.

Immediate intervention’s not so urgent when it hits the bottom line.

It’s reminiscent of the line from St Augustine: “Lord, make me chaste. But not yet”.