If you like playing Asia’s best golf courses don’t take your own clubs. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison said yesterday, “...taskforce Pharos is designed to catch corrupt customs officials, following a series of scandals involving agents and their links to drug importation and outlaw motorcycle gangs”.
As protesters burned Australian flags and effigies outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, shouting “death to infidels”, parliamentarians were urging President Yudhoyono to revoke the presidential decree which granted remissions to Schapelle Corby. Taslim Chaniago, of the National Mandate Party (PAN), said, “This should be done to heal the Indonesian people’s feelings at the moment.”
Julia Gillard was determined to either “buy” the September election or leave Tony Abbott with land mines that would make a dishonest man of him. Abbott was determined, at any cost, to ensure Labor did not have a third term... either way, that meant throwing another 50 billion borrowed dollars at a polarised electorate. Rudd simply went along with it.
The UNHCR reports the number of "asylum seekers" in Indonesia seeking their assistance has increased from 385 in 2008, when Kevin Rudd dismantled our borders, to 7,218 last year. Yesterday, Indonesian police chief, General Sutarman, said his officers “would not prevent” asylum seekers on boats from reaching Australia via Christmas Island.
Apart from having the sort of head you’d never get tired of kicking, Bill Shorten, to put it bluntly is a dog of a bloke. What rankles me most is not his politics or his lack of loyalty but how he treated a good friend of mine.
The Indo-spy story was a godsend to the Pope's personal adviser, Cardinal Pell. The Victorian Commission’s findings into child sexual abuse was buried with the man who protected paedophiles within his church and went to disgusting lengths to limit litigation.
Shaving face may be a high priority for an Asian but in the real world of international diplomacy it can be very costly. And SBY has foreshadowed a showdown that is likely to leave him without a face to shave.
No-one dares mention the possibility of a military conflict with Indonesia, it’s a taboo subject, but many have wondered, “what if”. How would Australia fare in a war with the most populous Islamic nation on earth? A nation with ten times our population and a GDP rate approaching that of China’s?
If four years for murder in Australia seems a little unjust, for one moment consider Indonesian justice. This man is Iraqi, Abu Saleh (AKA, Hussain Hamid Abudi) the face of evil.
Rupert Murdoch knew as much about his employees’ phone hacking as did Kevin Rudd about ASIO’s. Phone tapping is disclosed only on a need-to-know basis and the boss has no need to know. In fact it’s important that he doesn’t know.
If Kevin Rudd had won the last election I would have been inclined to pack up and move to... um, let’s see. Iran sounds ok. It’s modern and it seems to be moving away from the extremes of Islamic law.
The ABC’s school science program has recruited Dr (funny shirts) Karl to enlighten kids to the perils of global warming and the evils of scepticism.