Australian Politics – A Newspaper Which Abuses Prime Minister Tony Abbott So Violently Is Neither Compassionate Nor Reasonable

Posted on Sun 05/24/2015 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

The Age cheered Labor’s scrapping of the border laws – a disastrous act of “compassion” that cost 1200 lives and $10 billion, and brought over 50,000 people we did not choose and struggle to assimilate.


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Yet it has the hide to now abuse Abbott for maintaining the policies which ended the deaths, cut the costs and reserved refugee places for people who were truly fleeing violence:

The Prime Minister’s wall of negativity says much about this nation’s failures but far more about his government’s appalling lack of compassion and its globally embarrassing hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy … Mr Abbott will never be a community father figure, nor a statesman who garners respect. He practises policies that are devoid of empathy.

That is sheer abuse and simply untrue. It is also demanding Abbott do a Rudd – show “compassion” rather than achieve real good..

The Age is angry that Abbott won’t take in Rohingya and Bangladeshis on boats that Thailand and Malaysia were refusing to let land, hoping to stop a vicious people trafficking:

It will do “absolutely nothing” because, according to Mr Abbott’s flawed logic, doing something would encourage people smugglers to press on.

Yet Abbott is right, and our own bitter experience proves that The Age was wrong and has learned nothing from being so.

The Age also ignores the fact that most of the people it’s talking about are actually Bangladeshi laborers, who are poor, badly educated Muslim laborers who, like the Rohingya, would almost certainly struggle to fit in here. It also ignores that far from doing nothing to help, Abbott has just increased our aid to the Rohingya by $5 million. The boat people are being rescued and the people trade of laborers to Malaysia, involving prison camps, ransoms and mass graves, is now being stopped. Burma has meanwhile agreed to take more responsibility for the Rohingya. Simply accepting a few thousand more boat people would have done nothing to fix the wider problem, and almost certainly have made it worse.

The Age is run by people who emote, not analyse. Their vicious hatred for Abbott – and their policies – both belie their claim to greater “compassion”

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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