Scott Morrison’s epiphany. And you thought Raquel’s was amazing! Plus a QC on invasions.

29 Jun

Scott and Tony share a private moment

Forget the series of real epiphanies experienced by the participants in the SBS seriesGo Back Where You Came From, marvellous as they were to witness, though the misanthropic Paul Sheehan, seemingly incapable of recognising genuine feeling when it bites him in the arse, continues to accuse the producers of emotionally manipulating both cast and audience.

Far more demanding of our attention is the miraculous appearance of what we can only conclude is the “real” Scott Morrison, after months of us having to listen to his cruel evil twin. Morrison has apparently gone through a dark night of the soul, during which he wrangled with his bad side and overcame it, to emerge cleansed, and with a new concern for humanity.

The fake Scott Morrison who whined disgracefully about the cost to Australian taxpayers of flying the bereaved from Christmas Island to the funerals of loved ones drowned in the boat tragedy has vanished, to be replaced by a caring, compassionate, emotional human being, appalled by the Gillard government’s inhumane plan to send 800 asylum seekers to the hell of life as a refugee in Malaysia. They are human beings! By God!

The “real” Scott Morrison puts forward a passionate argument for the re-opening of the Nauru detention centre where, unlike in Malaysia, asylum seeker children will be allowed to go school; medical assistance will be available when needed, everybody will be properly fed, and nobody need fear the cane. A bucolic idyll, by comparison.

It looks like the Gillard government has won the race to the bottom, just as Kevin predicted they would.

Meanwhile, back at the Sydney City Council, they’ve decided to use the term “invasion” in their corporate plan preamble to describe European settlement.

Predictably this has aroused the ire of many, who argue that the term refers solely to military acts, and is thus completely inappropriate because the arrival of the settlers was nothing of the kind.

We will decide who comes to this country and the manner in which they come!

However, No Place For Sheep can reveal that use of the term “invasion” was legitimized by no less a figure than the Solicitor General for Australia, David Bennett QC, when he defended the Howard government’s excision and migration laws in the High Court back in the early 2000’s as follows:

Today, invasions don’t have to be military … they can be of diseases, they can be of unwanted migrants….

So suck that up, all you invasion deniers. You’ve been told.


10 Responses to “Scott Morrison’s epiphany. And you thought Raquel’s was amazing! Plus a QC on invasions.”

  1. David Horton June 29, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    “refers solely to military acts, and is thus completely inappropriate because the arrival of the settlers was nothing of the kind.” So, no soldiers on first fleet then? No use of soldiers to guard settlement? No use of soldiers to hunt Aborigines and shoot them? I had never heard this “no soldiers” garbage until this week.

    What could you possibly call landing in someone else’s country and establishing a military camp and then gradually expanding, killing as you go, until you have taken a whole continent? Peaceful settlement? Was the Norman landing in England in 1066 a “peaceful settlement”?


  2. Jennifer Wilson June 29, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    I know, astonishing isn’t it?
    I think Keith Windshuttle is behind it.


  3. Steve at the Pub June 29, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Colonisation it was.
    Invasion by people must include conquest.
    Fire ants are said to invade by swarming all over the place.
    People, however, who do that are settling.

    To put it mildly: Sydney city council are getting rather a long way from their terms of reference.

    Scott Morrison can bang on all he likes. He is a politician. Makes it more difficult to stomach when he is correct, but still a politician.


    • David Horton June 30, 2011 at 11:13 am #

      It did include conquest. Why would you think it didn’t?


  4. paul walter June 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    Geez, more chance of me going through “a dark night of the soul”, than Morrison.
    You’ve got to have a soul to have a dark night for one. Looking at the photo of him and the budgie smuggler, I thought if humans are receptacles of humanity, the milk of human kindness, this would be a desert.
    Not that Shorten’s responses on radio this morning to the Chinese buyout of rich agricultural land for a coal mine have me much encouraged as to the alternative. Or St.Tanya Plibersek’s announcing more harrassment for people on welfare, this morning.
    SATP, once again we are near to agreeing on some thing- politicians, in this case. Watching them, they are a nauseating collective mess of thieves, liars, morons, meglomaniacs, sadists and cowards.


    • Marilyn June 30, 2011 at 3:15 am #

      Why the forget that when asylum seekers are here we are the ones who have to assess their claims and it is illegal to push them off to any other place.


  5. Marilyn July 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Here are the sacrifices


    • Jennifer Wilson July 2, 2011 at 6:44 am #

      Thanks for that link Marilyn.

      Am I imagining it or do the comments on articles such as these get worse and worse?


      • Marilyn July 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

        Nah, it’s the one nation trolls


  6. Marilyn July 14, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    Have a look at this honest expose on Channel 7


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