Wayne Swan is leaving the parliament … good
He gave a predictably self-congratulating speech.
“When I first drafted this speech, I wanted to reach out across the chamber,” he said.
“To ask people, maybe just momentarily, to remove their party blinkers.”
But, Swan said, “the divisive tone that’s pervaded this place in the past week has made me realise that reaching out to the other side is perhaps impossible”.
Swan said he remembered the Tampa episode of 2001; that he recalled “the way it changed us”.
Before then, “covert appeals to racism and xenophobia were regarded as unworthy” of our country’s elected representatives. But then John Howard’s government turned the Tampa back.
“Something else floated into our harbours in its wake,” Swan said, in a slightly wonky naval metaphor.“That was American race-based dog whistle politics.”
He is right. This is the end of an era.
Our worst treasurer in living memory is gone.
Getting of Manus and Nauru was always the end goal
It’s been confirmed by Fr Rod Bower in a tweet:
— Fr Rod Bower (@FrBower) February 19, 2019
But worse still, by Greens Senator Nick McKim:
The government plans to send sick refugees and people seeking asylum to Christmas Island. This is utter bastardry and a denial of the Parliament's intentions. pic.twitter.com/oFgfQvWpRQ
— Nick McKim (@NickMcKim) February 18, 2019
Funny. All this time we thought it was about health care rather than being on Australian soil.
Guess they lied.
Twitter targets conservatives
Fantastic analysis from Quillette about how Twitter silences conservative voices.
Rogers Waters loves dictatorships
Roger Water is an idiot.
The Red Cross and the UN, unequivocally agree, don’t politicize aid. Leave the Venezuelan people alone to exercise their legal right to self determination. pic.twitter.com/I0yS3u75b6
— Roger Waters (@rogerwaters) February 18, 2019
And sometimes, you just need some genius to get through a day.