Monday, June 28, 2010

Gillard: please don't execute your Ricky Ray Rector

It'll be all too tempting for Gillard to extend the farcical suspension of due process for refugees. It's all too easy to viciously kick the least empowered, when the window-licking hordes want to see them viciously kicked.

To any right thinking person, Bill Clinton's integrity was laid bare when he saw through the execution of a cognitively non-functional man on the eve of his presidential election.

Gillard will tell us all we need to know about her worth as a purported leader of the centre left when, any day now, she has to make a call on extending the suspension of processing. Given she's just extended our involvement in the Afghan war, and in the background the UN is trying to gain access to Sri Lanka to investigate possible crimes against humanity, I hold out some hope that she will see that these people, from those clearly dangerous regions, at least deserve to have their claims heard, and heard fairly.

Suspending due process is like suspending the Racial Discrimination Act for the NT intervention; it speaks for itself on all the wrong levels.

This is the great moral challenge of her time. If she fails it, we can stop with all the hoo-har about her gender, her eloquent advocacy, her toughness... all mere warbling in the background if she shows that she has no basic ethical or moral fibre.

Please Ms Gillard, I know you can't deliver me utopia on this unpopular issue, but please don't sell out any further. You will, seriously, end up sitting to the right of the liberal party. And if you do that, people really will start putting Abbott above you in the preferences.

4 comments:

Jeremy said...

"It'll be all too tempting for Gillard to extend the farcical suspension of due process for refugees. It's all too easy to viciously kick the least empowered, when the window-licking hordes want to see them viciously kicked."

RT + 1

Ann ODyne said...

For the record, this voter licks no windows, alone or with hordes.
This country should embrace all who run here from anywhere else.
There are economical ways to do this too. Children should not be incarcerated because our admin has no idea how to enable an alternative.

Beno said...

I'm about to embark on an idealistic route here, but bear with ... In my opinion, the asylum seeker issue and global warming issue need to be addressed by way of joint party agreement on policy. Neither should be issues that our left and right pollie's are allowed to use to wedge one another as the outcome will be flawed policy covered in spin.

Marshall-Stacks said...

Bravo Beno!
that is so excellent I would ReTweet it if we were over there with the Twitterers.
Everyone everywhere claims to loathe politicians, but maybe what we really loathe is their constant sniping-for-the-sake-of-sniping at each other.