Rather than provide any real hook or alternative to the current leadership, and instead adopting the a different shade of the same beige bullshit currently being served up by Canberra, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten today refused to rule out the possibility of the Labor Party adopting the Abbott Government‘s current policy of blanket, mandatory, “it’s not our problem anymore” asylum seeker boat turnbacks.
“Labor believes in a compassionate approach to refugees and a constructive approach to asylum seekers. I am determined to make sure that never again do the seaways between Java and Christmas Island become the opportunity for people smugglers to put unsuspecting people into unsafe boats and drown at sea. That is our position.”
Labor Immigration spokesman Richard Marles, who in the past has also publicly contemplated the idea of adopting the blanket turn-back policy, today argued that such measures were compassionate.
“We don’t want to see a reopening of the journey between Java and Christmas Island, and for good reason. We don’t want to see the human tragedy that has happened in the past unfold again. We are motivated by a position of compassion.”
A statement at least in part inspired by the constant braying and echoing from the incumbent Abbott Government over the past two years.