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Like many I was left utterly dismayed at the decision taken at the Labor National Conference to endorse the “Turn back the boats” slogan and adopt it as policy. To see our leader Bill Shorten endorse the policy shift by backing it prior to conference was enough to make me want to rip out my hair and use it to set fire to my own head.

The good news in this announcement was the part where the humanitarian intake under Labor would increase to about 20 percent of where it realistically should be, albeit at some point this century, or whenever it comes into eventual effect. However news of that distant promise was drowned out by the outrage that was the decision to back Abbott and Morrison’s inhumane approach to those the world treats as somehow sub-human.

Those from Labor’s right don’t want to see any more deaths at sea they have made that clear. Whilst that may sound noble to some, what is not so noble is the willingness to let these people die somewhere invisible to the Australian press. Out of sight out of mind is now the official policy of all the major parties, advance Australia fair…

The Labor Party display Bill Shorten's new campaign vehicle

The Labor Party display Bill Shorten’s new campaign vehicle

However what is even more infuriating to me is those who choose to criticise this policy shift whilst supporting The Greens.

The audacity of some former members of the Labor Party who were from the left to criticise the party for being under the influence of the right is just mind-blowing. Perhaps if you’d had the courage of conviction and guts to stay around you could have made a difference. Instead you found it easier to run to a fringe party and point the finger rather than fight. If you had really given half a toss you would have stayed and fought with us, and maybe together we could have made a real difference. Alas…

When watered down lefties like those from Labor’s right get to dictate policy then watered down policy is the obvious result. When enough water is added bad policy will float to the surface like a turd in a swimming pool. This is an epic example of a turd rolled in cheap glitter and touted as good policy.

The irony that many of those criticising have missed is that Labor’s disgraceful policy shift was debated on National TV while the Greens policy continues to be debated in shadows and darkness, as they refuse to allow media access to their conferences. Conferences that would appear to be more about a lack of transparency and secret handshakes than any form of progressive policy debate.

The arrogance of a party claiming to be on the side of humanity by taking a stance of non-negotiation is breathtaking. It is not their lives at risk, it is not their families suffering, yet they refuse to back down an inch from their ideology and by doing so take an approach that makes it harder for improvements that could see thousands of those suffering better off. Instead they are left to suffer due to an all or nothing stand that basically means if it isn’t open arms for all then countless families can suffer and die while we wait for those open arms to miraculously appear, and while those families are dying one party will be there to use that suffering as political capital.

I know many will disagree and tell me that I’m just Green-Bashing despite the fact that I’m quite happy to tear into my own party when they make a bad decision. I will say this for Labor, at least they are willing to attempt to negotiate solutions that may help. Any small step forward is progress that may help some of the worlds most desperate people survive another day. The hard-line approach and refusal to bend only serves to help a parties membership drive and does nothing at all to help those they claim to be acting on behalf of.

Somali refugee children - Do you think these kids have time to wait for a hard-line approach to work?Or are these kids expendable? Image- Reuters

Somali refugee children – Do you think these kids have time to wait for a hard-line approach to work? Or are these kids expendable?
Image- Reuters

Like it or not if you are serious about helping asylum seekers then you need to join the Labor Party and push to change the policy position.

With both major parties now embracing an immoral policy position, for all of their posturing and rhetoric the Greens with their refusal to negotiate have rendered themselves utterly inconsequential.

It’s too easy to point the finger at Labor, what takes more guts is to jump in, get involved and make a real difference.

Or maybe some of you think pissing and moaning will solve everything?

 

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18 thoughts on “Turn Me Loose – Turning back boats and turning our backs on morality

  1. Labor policy had been decided well out of sight of the public. The piece of theatre laughingly described as a public debate was never going to affect the outcome. The reason people have swung to the Greens is the continual movement of Labor towards becoming Another Liberal Party. If the ALP doesn’t wake up to itself it will suffer the same fate as British Labour. A pointless rump.

  2. It is like scales, if those from the right flee the scales will tip to the right….

    Call it whatever you like but to me it is common sense.

    It can be debated and was, those who have fled in favour of dealing in the shadows may not see this, but those that have chosen to stay and fight do

  3. Hear hear Wixxy it`s as if you reached into my mind and took much of this article from there because I feel complete camaraderie with you on this subject
    The only difference we have was that I wasn`t gutted at the announcement because a couple of days before when numbers were counted on this subject many Lefties knew the score
    The policy was known and IF detractors care to read it all they`ll find it`s NOTHING like the LNP arseholes
    Also whilst we`re on the Greens subject who couldn`t enjoin the LNP quick enough to jump on Rudd2`s Malaysian solution-Greens way or no way
    Oh but but it was the High Court-well you could have worked with Rudd but no you chose creating Manus Island and reopening Nauru instead because of your decision Greens
    The biggest problem with those of Labor Left who were to gutless to fight on with us is this in a meme I prepared for Greens because it`s only us on the Left in Labor who are stopping this>>>
    Do read it carefully>>>>

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  4. And how has the fight been going until now? Swimmingly?

    The left havn’t had a spine this entire election cycle…you can stay in support of a party that doesn’t care and is relying on you sticking to them no matter what because they’re still somehow the “lesser evil” instead of the more “subtle evil”

    But the rest of us are done trying. It is you who is yelling and carrying on in the shadows of your own party…ignored by both the left and right factions within.

  5. cranston on August 3, 2015
    What a load O crock cranston-Labor and LNP are nothing like eachother and after 2 years of these treacherous arseholes if you can`t work that out you are simple indeed
    Labor builds all the good things Australia has ever had and the LNP tear them down
    Medicare came from Goughs Medibank after Fraser began tearing it apart
    PJK gave you your SUPERANNUATION not Bob Brown
    Rudd saved our backsides @GFC and gave us the education revolution-BER and insulated over 1 million houses with pink batts-we would have had Rudds ETS if it wasn`t for idiotic Greens and Julia Gillard had to get action on AGW going with a CT and to begin rolling out NBN and GONSKI
    Who are you comparing the ALP to??????????
    Id love to tear strips off you but I respect Wixxy and I`ll play nice

  6. What nasty crap, the Greens policy is open and clear to all. Abide by our obligations and this incessant whinge of yours against the Greens is tedious in the extreme.

    The ALP were vicious towards refugees long before the Greens came along, before the Democrats came along.

    The mistake made by lazy rants like this is that international laws are not frigging toys for political parties, they are binding international treaties ratified by the Commonwealth of Australia after extensive treaty committee considerations and then lodged with the UN.

    And push aways and human trading to Malaysia were illegal and if you lazies bothered to notice the Rohingya adrift at sea or on the death camps in Thailand and Bangladesh you would realise that this is what will happen to any others we turn away.

    Blaming the Greens for the racist ALP is truly pathetic.

  7. Ah so the truth hurts as Peter deletes facts. Shame on you, I hope you watched 7.30 Report and didn’t bother to find some way to blame the Greens.

  8. Hey Wixxy.
    “while the Greens policy continues to be debated in shadows and darkness, as they refuse to allow media access to their conferences. ”
    A funny thing you should say that .
    I got told it’s kept secret because they all have to roll up their right pants leg and ride a goat around the hall.
    Secret Greens initiation business I guess 😀

  9. I’m not blaming Greens for Labors policies, I’m saying that it is hypocritical of those who have bailed to complain about it instead of fighting

    The Greens stance has produced nothing at all positive for all the theatrics

  10. Peter, the Greens are not the government, I hope you watched 7.30 and the racist ALP dirtbags helping the torturers in Sri lanka or the Go Back programs and the death camps in Malaysia where refugees end up.

    Blaming the Greens for ALP racism is ridiculous but you do it all the time. And with the ALP and LNP in coalitions of torture all of the time against refugees just want do you think the Greens can do when the ALP even vote against reporting child abuse.

  11. Marilyn on August 3, 2015
    Racist ALP,Oh FFS Mazz we got rid of that in us when Gough lead us to the light
    You reckon the Greens are blameless and correct with their promises and policies?
    Just look at what you gooses did concerning the Direct Action Policy,the Senate was not going to sign off on it but you guys did and for what?NOTHING,the Greens got sucked in on a promise of a higher RET and the LNP went even lower.
    Promise the world Greens because you can never deliver,you have to win government to deliver

  12. Hey Mazz,
    how many should we take ?
    Put a number on it .
    I’ve asked you this question for years but you will never answer, other than in vague ramblings

  13. When you said
    “The audacity of some former members of the Labor Party who were from the left to criticise the party for being under the influence of the right is just mind-blowing. Perhaps if you’d had the courage of conviction and guts to stay around you could have made a difference. Instead you found it easier to run to a fringe party and point the finger rather than fight. If you had really given half a toss you would have stayed and fought with us, and maybe together we could have made a real difference.”

    You either had no idea about how the Labor party is run or are just spreading bullshit.

    When Howard started treating the Refugees like criminals and lied about children overboard to win an election i joined the ALP in the hopes of making a difference. What i found was that as an individual member of the ALP you don’t have a say in policy or get a vote on who stands for your branch (electorate) in State and Federal elections.

    Voting or supporting for either major party is just a waste of time as you are just supporting vested interests. They don’t work for Australians just themselves and their mates.

    To fix this we need to restrict political donations to people and not companies as well as capping the maximum amount of donations per year in money and in other kinds of support. Large custodial penalties are also required for the leaders of parties and individuals who break these laws. There also needs to be a ban on any advertising either paid or editorial on media outlets for political parties particularly after an election is called.

    But hey what do i know as i think the ALP is just as despicable as the LNP for treating the refugees as bad as they do and your solidarity bullshit sounds like a pathetic attempt to say hey look over their they are worse than us but i don’t see it comrade.

  14. Marilyn, Labor are not in government either

    No I didn’t see 7 30

  15. Your words, ‘Any small step forward is progress’ summarise the only good in this policy. The whole business (except the Greens) is disgraceful. But in broader terms, there will never be an ALP government if they go to an election on a platform of acceptance and humane treatment of asylum seekers. Asylum seekers are, in the public mind, ‘illegals’ and the majority don’t want them. That is the stark fact – most Australians don’t want them, just as most Italians, Greeks, English, French etc. don’t want them. No party anywhere is going to lose votes promoting humane treatment of asylum seekers. As for the ALP in our little corner of the world, better to win the next election, push for a regional solution, then soften the policy.Hypocritical, I know, but I’m open to a better answer.

  16. And out trot the dimwits asking how many should we take, that is not a legitimate question and never has been, Peter, I suggest you watch 7.30 and Rudd demonising Tamils and giving aid to the murderers and torturers. When the ALP/LNP racist coalition band together to make more and more vicious refugee policies they do whatever they like.

    The Greens do not write the laws. The ALP who rage against the Greens are just ridiculous frankly, it is the major parties who are the problem.

    Then go and watch Series 3 of Go Back on SBS and see where refugees end up when they are pushed away and stop blaming the Greens, it’s childish, tedious and frankly ridiculous.

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