Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Resistance FRIDAY!
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"...Ironically, according to Radio National, Iran is now officially complaining that it was one of their citizens that was killed in the Australian-run Manus Island detention centre. Tanya Plibersek thought that was a ‘bit rich’ considering that Iran is well known for trampling the human rights of their own people.HERE
Plibersek’s argument is a little bit like saying ‘Oh come on, he was going to die anyway, who cares where? I know Australia locked him up and then someone killed him, but at least he didn’t drown at sea’.
Surely no-one could still be buying the whole ‘we just don’t want to see people drown’ bullshit. If you care that much about them, why lump them in facilities where they get stoned to death and shot at?
None of this has anything to do with saving lives and everything to do with punishing innocent people because a small but apparently valuable percentage of the Australian public get off on it. That both major parties court the votes of those people makes my skin crawl.
The ALP has to change. It can earn itself some credibility by taking a stance, even if that means the short term pain of owning up to past mistakes and dodgy dealings. That would not only be the right thing to do, it is increasingly the only thing they can do if they have any hope of ever earning the respect of the country again."