"HA HA HA, WE BROKE YOUR RECORD, MORRISON", said Milne
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Semantics can decide whether Scott Morrison can still claim there has been no successful boat venture since the implementation of the Coalition’s Sovereign Borders policy.
The one mistake that Morrison made was to immediately agree to not repatriating the “asylum seekers” until the High Court made its decision when he didn't need to.
The 157 illegal immigrants were intercepted on the high seas and outside Australia’s SAR and contiguous zone. The captain of the border patrol vessel was fully entitled to act unilaterally under International Maritime Law and deliver the distressed boat and/or its passengers to the nearest safe port of call.
The vessel had claimed it was in distress.
Fairfax and the ABC have premature grins on their faces, because the High Court’s decision due some time next month will now be irrelevant.
Reported here a month ago, “The High Court is set to rule against Morrison” and it would have, although any ruling would have been outside its jurisdiction. But Morrison could hardly have defied a ruling after having said he would wait for a decision to be made.
Morrison has now successfully pre-empted a High Court decision that could have dismantled the Government’s Sovereign Borders policy. The High Court may still make its decision, but it will be a decision on circumstances that no longer exist... it will prove fatuous and pointless and give Morrison time to legally circumvent it in future.
The High Court’s decision to even hear the matter bode poorly for the Government and Morrison’s decision to short circuit an arduous and predictable judicial process is a smart one. It would have been hard to defend keeping those pople on an inadequate vessel for two months.
The High Court was set to bring down a negative ideological decision despite that each day it prevaricated meant another day 157 people stayed cramped on a patrol boat. The seven judges hadn’t reorganised their golf days and dentist appointments for sooner than an August 5 sitting.
That would have meant 157 people stuck on a boat in the middle of nowhere for close to two months when the High Court is capable of hearing urgent injunctions the following day. Has our Lefty High Court and its asylum advocates tripped over their own tactic this time?
Regardless, the illegal immigrants will be held at the remote Curtain Detention Centre until they are processed, determined not to be asylum seekers, and returned to wherever they departed from. Morrison’s border policy remains intact.
If that’s a victory for the Left, it’s a pyrrhic one.