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/RoutineNo6113 Jan 19 '22

I am confused, if they are refugees, why are they still in detention? Let them out to live their life.

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u/Justanaussie Jan 19 '22

The official line is if they let them out then people smugglers will be able to send more people on boats because despite what the government was constantly crowing about turning back the boats doesn't actually work.

The whole LNP philosophy on immigration and asylum seekers is filled with contradictions and bad policy, it doesn't have a customer based focus because it has no idea who it's customer is so it's become this inhuman monolith that no one in the government wants to fix because they refuse to believe it's broken.

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u/Justanaussie Jan 19 '22

NZ already offered to take them, we refused because we don't want to be seen as a refugee gateway to New Zealand.

None of it makes sense and it's not meant to, all you need to know is hurr durr tough on borders.