||Issue No. 263||13 May 2005|
A Fistful of Dollars
Interview: Fortress NSW
Unions: Fashions Afield
Industrial: Pay Dirt
Politics: Infrastructure Blues
History: Big Day Out
International: Making History
Economics: The Fear Factor
Review: The Robots Revolt
Poetry: The Corporation's Power
The Locker Room
Permanent Tool Status
Misplacing one Australian citizen in detention is unfortunate, losing two is downright careless; but when the said unfortunate ends up in a Filipino hospice the behaviour can only be described as Tool-able.
Amanda Vanstone is one of those Liberals who, I suspect, started off with a good heart, but she is reaping the cost of associating with a gang who are without morals in their pursuit of power. After all, inheriting Phillip Ruddock's portfolio requires inheriting his moral blinkers, so finely honed during the Tampa crisis.
Vanstone is forced to defend the indefensible on an almost daily basis, locking schoolkids in detention, deporting long-term residents and generally filling detention centres with individuals who, in a time when we have a chronic shortage of workers, could clearly be making a more positive contribution to society.
Under the Howard Government the Department for Immigration has become the Department for Someone Else's Problem and the swift deportation of a mentally ill woman after she was in a car accident shows why the policy is so inhumane.
Vivian Young/Solon was an Australian citizen of Filipino extraction who'd been here 20 years after marrying an Australian. She had two sons, sisters, a life. None of this counted for anything when the Deportment of Immigration got their hands on her, shipped her out of the country where she ended up destitute in a hospice for the dying.
That was 2001; by 2003 it appears Immigration realised there had been a stuff-up and they went to some effort to find the woman; although this did not extend to informing her Australian family, including the five-year child who had been left at child care the day she disappeared.
This seems the stuff of comi-tragedy; but it is the real world in Howard's Australia, a mean-sprited, self-focused place where refugee advocates are dismissed as un-patriotic. And when the excesses of this meanness impact on an Australian citizen rather than an 'illegal' - who we are happy to see rot in the Nauru heat, our Minister's send responsibility back down the line with three simple words 'I am advised".
"I am advised" is Australian for arse-covering, basically an admission that an elected official is not prepared to vouch for the truth of the information they are providing the public. It worked a treat in Kids Overboard and now it's back in play with Citizens Adrft.
This is the level of responsibility Vanstone has taken this week , a Minister with no responsibility, just a bureaucracy to over her own political arse. Well, Amanda, all we can say is 'we are advised' you are a Tool.
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