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Dec 16, 2010

Boat people advice not taken

When a Prime Minister returns early from holidays you can be sure that the primary reason is damage control. There is absolutely nothing that Julia Gillard personally can do to make the

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

When a Prime Minister returns early from holidays you can be sure that the primary reason is damage control. There is absolutely nothing that Julia Gillard personally can do to make the tragic situation on the shores of Christmas Island any better. Her task is purely and simply to try and ensure that yesterday’s deaths do not revive the issue of boat people in a way that seriously damages the standing of her government.

A good starting point for her reading this morning would be the latest WikiLeak cables published in the Fairfax press and in particular the advice given to her predecessor Kevin Rudd by Peter Khalil who was his foreign policy/national security adviser when in Opposition. As American diplomats reported back to Washington:

“In opposition, he advised Rudd to attack the amount of money spent on the Pacific Solution, but this was vetoed by senior party figures. Khalil predicted Rudd will ‘get hit’ by the public on this issue … he contended internal politics made it virtually impossible for Rudd to significantly strengthen border protection laws.”

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4 thoughts on “Boat people advice not taken

  1. Daniel

    “illegal immigrants”

    Get fired and complain about it again, Phelps you idiot.

  2. shepherdmarilyn

    Peter, every day in this country we have

    9597 tourists
    739 foreign students
    501 working tourists
    295 skilled migrants
    165 family reunion people
    and 97 regional workers – but what do we whine endlessly about?

    37 frigging refugees and asylum seekers.

    In 10 months only 7009 people lodged asylum claims here, that is less than one days tourists.

    [Moderator: this comment has been edited. Avoid the personal jibes please]

  3. Peter Phelps

    Surely the key phrase which deserves highlighting is, rather:

    “internal [Labor] politics made it virtually impossible for Rudd to significantly strengthen borber protection laws.”

    In other words, Rudd knew he had to do something big to stem the massive wave of illegal immigrants, but was held back by the bleeding-hearts in his own Party.

    Just about says it all, really.

  4. ronin8317

    I predict Gillard will withdraw Australia from the Refugee Convention. That will stop the boats.

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