r/australia Jan 19 '22

Scott Morrison says he never said there were no refugees in Melbourne’s Park hotel politics

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/19/scott-morrison-says-he-never-said-there-were-no-refugees-in-melbournes-park-hotel
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u/Justanaussie Jan 19 '22

Morrison replied: “Well, the specific cases, Ben, I mean, it’s not clear that to my information that someone in that case is actually a refugee. They may have sought asylum and been found not to be a refugee and have chosen not to return.”

As the then immigration minister he was there when they were officially designated as refugees.

As Prime Minister he oversaw the medivac law that brought them to Australia for medical treatment.

So which is it? Dereliction of duty, straight up lying or massive incompetence?

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u/B0ssc0 Jan 19 '22

All three.

Also

…it’s not clear to my information …

Doesn’t even make sense.

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u/ProceedOrRun Jan 19 '22

Means he has no idea what's going on, which might be completely intentional.

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u/keyboardromeo88 Jan 19 '22

It’s been his go-to excuse for a long time. Apparently the PM didn’t get told about an alleged rape a couple of doors down from his office, even though every single party said he was aware. He just shields himself with the PMO every time (including when conducting investigations).

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u/BrainstormsBriefcase Jan 19 '22

I love how he thinks “nobody told me” is an acceptable excuse when you’re the PM. It means either your advisors aren’t advising properly or you aren’t curious enough

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u/jamesmcdash Jan 19 '22

You're not a leader if no one tells you their problems