Andrew Bolt

Dec 15, 2010

TRAGEDY USED

The bodies are still being recovered, and at least one News Ltd columnist is already trying to capitalise politically on

The bodies are still being recovered, and at least one News Ltd columnist is already trying to capitalise politically on the Christmas Island tragedy:

Blood on their hands

Resign, Julia. Your laws, and you were warned. And when you – yes, you – were warned 14 months ago that at least 25 people, by my count, had drowned already…

…the deaths of so many people, lured to their doom by her laws…

Repulsive. Ghoulish.

And yet, in his own words, “so utterly, utterly predictable”.

UPDATE: I don’t know what time News.com.au’s National Political Editor Malcolm Farr published a post to The Punch asking Who’ll blink first and score points off Christmas Island? but at least the answer was conveniently close to home.

UPDATE #2 (16/12): Farr isn’t alone at News Ltd. He’s joined by Jack Marx, writing a spectacular comeback to the vicious (now joined by Miranda Devine) that passionately puts them in their place:

There are few postures quite as serpentine as that of the bully who disguises his cruelty as some kind of love. Sadistic teachers of old were fond of it – the furrowed brow and fraudulent look of regret as they caned you “for your own good” – and the history of xenophobia is rich with creeps who dolled up their barbarism as a humane sympathy for the very people they sought to oppress. The asylum seekers who drowned off Christmas Island last night had barely taken their last breaths when such ghouls began riding their waterlogged bones, boastfully declaring the tragedy a vindication of their own contemptuous beliefs, their allergy to foreigners camouflaged behind a sick exhibition of concern for the very lives they couldn’t give two $#@&s about.

Snap. And read the rest.

My advice, by the way, if you happen across a physical copy of today’s Herald Sun in a cafe: DO NOT READ THE READER COMMENTS. If you wish to retain any optimism for the country, anyway.

UPDATE #3 (16/12): With Bob Brown throwing Bolt’s resignation call back at him, News Ltd tries to minimise the damage from its columnist’s display yesterday by tinkering with the history a little. In its new order, it’s not Bolt who charges in yesterday afternoon with a foul call for Gillard to resign while the boats are still in the water – it’s the refugee advocate who’s “leading the attack”. And Bolt waits a decent period before beginning: “Andrew Bolt was even more strident this morning…”

See? Sounds much less repulsive and ghoulish in that order.

UPDATE (19/12): Ah, the Opposition waited until the weekend to try to make political capital out of the tragedy.

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164 thoughts on “TRAGEDY USED

  1. Australia: Asylum Seeker Boat Tragedy Shocks Nation | Blogs : NewsGram

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  2. mondo rock

    Hi Mobius

    I think that the push and pull factors you have identified above may well have had an impact on the number of refugees coming to Australia by boat.

    I certainly don’t have any special knowledge that would encourage me to dispute them.

  3. Mobius Ecko

    Mondo @ 59

    I wonder what weight can be put to this pull factor?

    As news of Australian political events regularly reaches those refugees in the squalid Indonesian camps and the Labor government did change policy, which was then immediately stridently, vociferously and frequently jumped upon across all the media that could be mustered as being ‘soft’, ‘weakening our borders’ and an ‘open invitation to all refugees as a guarantee to fast track citizenship’, what influence if any would the opposition’s and their rabid right wing mouth pieces have had on increasing the boat numbers.

    Also what push factor was the Ali Regi?

    Regi, likely to be an alias, is infamous in Jakarta, his profile rising amid a surge of Iranian asylum seekers transiting through Indonesia en route to Australia. More than 700 Iranians have reached Australia this year, compared to 72 in 2009. Described by one police source in Jakarta as a ”likely candidate”, Regi passes himself off as Iranian, although many suspect he may be an Afghan national. ”Since mid-2009, he has been very active,” said one refugee. ”He looks after Iranians and Kurds.”

    Was his dramatic increase in people smuggling activities because of the change of policy or was it because of the opposition and right wing media saying Australia had become ‘soft and weak’ on border protection, when in fact Labor had increased funding and numbers for border protection which wasn’t reported?

  4. PeeBee

    Why don’t asylim seekers just fly into Australia on commercial aircraft? It is cheaper and safer and I understand many get to Indonesia this way. So why not the last leg?

    [email protected] Asylum seekers don’t have to know anything about Australian regugee policy, all they have to listen to is the the successful seekers already here. Something like 95% of boat people are granted asylum and there is communication between the seekers and the refugee communities in Australia as reported in The Age today (p4 18th).

  5. Brett Coster

    This evening’s MX (Melbourne version) carried Jack Marx’ article in full in the For what it’s worth section on page 4. Felt like reading it out to my carriage mates but refrained in the belief that at least a few who would never otherwise have seen it would feel the joy of finding it for themselves.

    That MX is a Murdoch rag is an added bonus. Can’t wait for the comments next week in Vent your spleen.

    Stuff you, Blot.

  6. CarlC

    I go back to the recent election where the Liberals made the plight of refugees a platform and the media including AB chimed in. Now we have AB doing a double take. Who really has blood on their hands?

  7. SHV

    Thanks Cuppa,

    That could be interesting.

    Imagine Australia with not a single Murdoch owned outlet!

  8. Angra

    For Mondo –

    And so the massed heroes and patriots of Brisbane mount their utes and tractors, fire up and advance resolutely towards the evil menace coming from the wastelands of Melbourne. They grind resolutely through NSW and into Northern Victoria, joined by many stern and like-minded souls on their way. They are steeling themselves to save their blessed country from the evils of Boltism. They march, they drive tractors, and they play league!

    “Where’s Melbourne?” cries my noble navigator. “Here’s a map Look there – down near the south pole” – I jab at the place on the map.

    “But it must be freezing down there. Will I need a jumper? ”

    “Jumper? Hell – you’ll need a bloody boiler!”

    “OK I’ll get my mum”

    The first shots were fired across the Boltists lines outside Seymour. Then they advanced, bloody but determined into the teeth of the enemy. The causalities were terrifying…

    (to be continued)

  9. Angra

    Boggo Road Boyz Rule! (a Brisbane reference for all you Mexicans0

  10. Angra

    God Podrick – look at the comments there on the Brisbane Times! And I’m not responsible for any of them! Here’s the first three –

    “Glad to read this post JB. We need to stand up to scum like Bolt and call them for what they are – bottom feeding parasites that trade on fear and prejudice to line their own pockets.” and “that is what Murdoch gutter ‘journalists’ are.” and “Journalism’s answer to Pauline Hanson, or maybe someone who gets paid by Murdoch to antagonise anyone with half a brain?”

    Brilliant – the Bolt-sponsored State of Origin. Go Brisbane!

  11. Johnny Come Lately

    How about we create a new community on the Nth West coast and settle many of the asylum seekers there. We could apply constraints on this community such that it would have a low carbon footprint and low environmental impact, which would drive innovation in this area. It could form a blueprint for future low carbon communities. It would be a great tourist and cultural zone, and be a new gateway to Asia (hasn’t there been some talk of this already?). It might also be feasible politically, because the redneck belt may not mind this scenario so much since “those people” will be out of their way (I know, it sounds awful).

  12. mondo rock

    The draft Terms of Reference for the Convergence Review aim to highlight the major issues that arise as a result of convergence. These include the value of Australian and local content, diversity of voices, community standards, regulatory certainty, competition and innovation.

    We can expect the Murdoch press to go utterly bonkers over this (while simultaneously claiming that they are not compromised by their corporate owners).

  13. Matthew of Canberra

    podrick @150

    I think the salvo should be appearing here after the lawyers have filtered out the swearing and checked the spelling:

    http://blogs.brisbanetimes.com.au/bluntinstrument/

    I’m looking forward to reading it. Like I said, I don’t always agree with mr birmingham, but I do appreciate his way with words.

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