Dutton Plays The GetUp! Rentacrowds Off A Break
Paul Zanetti is a Walkley award winning syndicated cartoonist with over 30 years in the media. He blogs at www.zanettisview.com
IMMIGRATION Minister Dutton showed why he’s considered one of the best government performers with his announcement ‘Baby Asha’ will be moved to an onshore community detention centre.
GetUp! and their assorted rentacrowd frat mates are using a child - again - in another one of their campaigns geared to tearing down Australia’s borders. There’s no end to to their dirty tricks, but using kids is as low as anybody could possibly go.
Kids are easy fodder in a war. They don’t get a say.
The GetUp! crowds might fool themselves they’ve taken the moral high road while marching hand-in-hand with fellow opportunists all the way down the moral low road, but the rest of Australia can see right through the faux-outrage.
Shrill protesters badged with the ubiquitous Socialist Alliance, GetUp!, Union(s), Greens and Uniting Church logos are drawn to the rentacrowd rally du jour like ice junkies to a meth house.
“What are you protesting about?”
While the rest of Australia slogs it out at real jobs, family obligations and commitments, the online keyboard moralist is scanning the ‘net, the news, and GetUp!’s Facebook page for the next reason to be incensed, preferably involving a child. The younger the better, even if they’ve got to invent the age and the circumstance. Truth takes a back seat to the agenda.
Last time it was a 5 year old kid sexually assaulted on Nauru, so we’re told.
Facts surfaced, and it turned out to be a 10 year old who had ’skin-to-skin’ contact with a 12 year old. Again, the activist culprits were the Greens, the medical profession and politically motivated churches aided and abetted by their ABC to use the falsehood to argue for 267 asylum seekers in Australia to stay, not return to Nauru. Australians again treated as gullible idiots.
The latest exploitation of kids is ‘baby Asha’, burned by her parents.
Most fair minded Australians are prepared to accept it was an accidental burn, and if the Nauru medical facilities aren’t adequate to deal with burns then of course the child needs to be sent onshore to Australia for proper care.
That’s when opportunity strikes.
Australian Medical Association President Brian Owler, seized on the baby’s misfortune for a political opportunity.
Owler has form as an agitator. He’s an Abbott critic, an outspoken global warmist and refugee activist. His ‘rogue’ personal campaigns have resulted in resignations from the AMA by incensed doctors who say Owler does not represent their views.
Refusing to discharge ‘baby Asha’ back to ‘detention’ in Nauru was always going to excite the media. The trouble is there is no detention in Nauru and there hasn’t been for a long time. Owler know this, GetUp! knows this, the Greens know it, the left media knows it - but that truth would get in the way of the end game - tearing down our borders.
One activist protester, Katie, was quoted, unchallenged in the Sydney Morning Herald saying,
“It was disappointing to see Shorten speak about protecting vulnerable people from Medicare cuts whilst hurting the most vulnerable people fleeing war by locking them up in Nazi-like concentration camps.”
Spare us the drama - and the BS.
Asylum seekers on Nauru are free to come and go as they please. They work jobs in local businesses. Some have set up their own businesses.
That doesn’t stop activists from falsely portraying Nauru as a gestapo style detention camp. Australians are becoming awake to their propaganda.
‘Baby Asha’ is from Nepal. There is no war in Nepal. Her parents are not ‘fleeing war’ and they are not locked up in ‘Nazi-like concentration camps’.
It’s all lies.
‘Baby Asha’s’ parents are able to walk around the island. They are free to return to Nepal or India, neither of which are involved in any war.
Where is Samantha Maiden, reporting this fact? Where’s Laurie Oakes? Paul Bongiorno? Malcolm Farr? The Project? Their ABC?
How about some truth?
Hiding or ignoring truth makes you complicit. You fail your reader and your fail your profession.
The Nauruans would appreciate it for starters. They’ve had a gutful of having their island paradise portrayed as a Nazi hell hole by agenda-driven liars in Australia.
To end the farce, Immigration Minister Dutton struck a deal, one which was somewhat of a masterstroke.
He agreed to ’Baby Asha’ - who had effectively been kidnapped by doctors at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital - being released into Brisbane community detention. This means a home or unit under supervision by an officer of the Department of Immigration.
Immediately, the activists were ebullient, describing the deal as an “incredible victory”.
You bet it is - for the government.
Queensland Council of Unions general secretary Ros McLennan celebrated a "backflip of Olympic proportions".
She should have gone to Specsavers.
Dutton clarified the deal, saying the girl and her family would still be subject to normal refugee processing and a spokesman has confirmed they would not be settled in Australia.
“At some point, if people have matters finalised in Australia, then they will be returning to Nauru, and that's exactly the same treatment that we've applied equally."
Once the legal and medical procedures have run their course, ‘baby Asha’ and her family will be returned to Nauru or their home - Nepal.
There can be no reward for bad behaviour, by the people smugglers and political activists. If they got their way the incentive to harm children would be immense.
Burning kids will be a ticket to Australia. In many third world countries children are maimed, limbs are cut off, and sent onto streets as beggars to solicit money from horrified and empathetic tourists. It’s a business model, just as kids showered with boiling water would be in a heinous enterprise specialising in one-way tickets to Australia.
Asha’s family are not asylum seekers.
They are not refugees.
Nepal is not at war.
They are illegal entrants, free to return at anytime to their peaceful country of origin.
This is no “victory” for the activists and there can never be a ”victory” for deceitful agenda driven activists.
Any so-called victory would risk more burned 'baby Ashas', firing up the people smuggling trade, resulting in more deaths at sea.
The activists say they will stay protesting for the rest of the day, despite 'baby Asha' being released, to "make our point".
That point can only be, burn your kids and get a ticket to Australia.
How can that dangerous, immoral message be in the best interest of any child?