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.
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.
- Malaysia backdown on Abbott MP Scott Morrison (thesail.wordpress.com)
- Nauru cheaper than swap deal, oppn says (news.theage.com.au)
- Why Does Australia Want to Send Refugees to Malaysia? (time.com)