Today Australia’s human rights commission handed down their report on Australia’s concentration camps….er sorry Detention centres.
The commission report called for a royal commission after finding there were 233 recorded assaults involving children and 33 incidents of reported sexual assault. It also reported there were 207 incidents of “actual self harm” and 436 incidents of 436 threatened self harm. (source: The Age)
Our fearless leader responded:
“Frankly this is a blatantly partisan politicised exercise and the Human Rights Commission ought to be ashamed of itself.”
When asked whether he felt any guilt over the horrific findings in the 315-page report, Mr Abbott replied: “None whatsoever.”
“I reckon that the Human Rights Commission ought to be sending a note of congratulations to Scott Morrison saying ‘well done mate because your actions have been very good for the human rights and the human flourishing of thousands of people’.” (Source: 3AW)
“The most compassionate thing you can do is stop the boats. We have stopped the boats.”
Tony conflates Stopping people from coming to Australia with people being housed in humane conditions.
Now we could get into a debate about whether stopping the boats is:
A: Possible (since we don’t get information about what boats came or were stopped we just don’t know)
B: Legal (since it is not illegal to seek asylum)
C: Effective (see point A)
D: More humanitarian since we are now surely turning away genuine asylum seekers and we have no idea what happens to them once they have been turned around.
But the reality is that no matter how people arrived once they are here we have a responsibility to house them in humane, sanitary and safe conditions.
This report shows that we are not doing that.
The Prime Minister complaining that this is an attack on the government and that it’s all ok because he “Stopped the boats” is a disgusting and predictable obfuscation of the actual issue. It’s the classic ad hominim, you can’t attack the facts so you attack the organisation that gathered them.
He personally attacked the Australian human rights commissioner Professor Gillian Triggs questioning both the timing of the report and if it were in fact a partisan attack on his party.
For her part Professor Triggs said in a speech on Wednsday when unveiling the report
“Both sides of politics are responsible for breaches of our international obligations. Alternatives to indefinite detention, such as community detention, have not been properly considered by government decision makers, and the safety and wellbeing of children has not been a primary consideration,” (source: The Age)
For our fearless leader to say that the human rights commission should congratulate Scott Morrison is the peak of hubris and for WHAT??!?
Providing housing conditions that turn children suicidal?
Yes, well done. Perhaps he is not familiar with what a human rights commission does or what they are for.
Tony Abbot is supposed to be a practicing Catholic, he is supposed to be a man of compassion. He is supposed to be a man of truth and kindness. Instead he betrays his faith at every turn and in turn he betrays us. We are better than him and that is what will oust him from the leadership because leaders are supposed to be better than us.