Battle far from won

Voters apparently suck:

The Government’s decision to temporarily suspend processing of asylum applications from Sri Lankans and Afghans has attracted strong support from voters, new polling from Essential Research shows.

A massive 69% of voters support the decision, compared to only 15% who oppose it; 39% of voters “strongly support” it.

A majority of my countrymen and women support imprisoning people without trial indefinitely, do you? Why? Because you think the tiny proportion of immigrants that arrive by boat are somehow a national emergency?

What have I told you about believing anything News Ltd prints?

Even many Greens voters suck:

In any event, the Essential data shows that, contrary to the stereotype of middle class trendies, even Green voters back the Government on the issue — 47% of Green voters approved or strongly approved of the decision compared to 42% who oppose or strongly oppose it.

What the hell are you people thinking? How can you have bought this fatuous, inhumane scare campaign AGAIN?

ELSEWHERE: Amnesty reminds us that the remote Curtin detention centre was closed for a reason.

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8 responses to “Battle far from won

  1. Wisdom Like Silence

    Because Green voters are still Australians, alot of the people who vote Green vote so because of their environmental policies, aka fucking tree huggers, and not because of their social/economic policies, which happen to be better for Australia in the long term, but not the short term.

    There is no compulsion to find out why they’re coming here, how many are actually coming here, how they are getting here or what they do once they get here. It’s easier to pick up a News Ltd syndication and be outraged, than googling anything and getting facts.
    Australians, especially the ones over 55, just do not care that those people are desperately trying to flee their country. They care about how they’re going to buy a house, get a good job, have kids, buy food, pay for electricity and other amenities. News Ltd and every govt since Hawke has done such a great job of demonising “boat people” that they are seen as a burden that will increase costs.

    The other day I had a conversation with my nana, I’m of course biased, but she is the greatest nana who has ever nana’d. We got to talking about this particular measure, and she said “I think it’s good,” and I was shocked, my nana isn’t like most others her age (87) in favour of gay marriage, welfare, trees, swearing on television etc, so I said to her “But they’re trying to get out of countries where the government or some other powerful bastards are trying to kill them, actively”
    “I don’t care dear, they come here and steal food off of our plates and young families cant buy houses because of them buying every bit of property they can get. Now be quiet, Robot Chicken is on.”

    There is a mental disconnect between the Aussie Az mentality of helping someone who needs it, and the Fuck off We’re Full mentality towards asylum seekers, people we punish for coming in on boats and not on planes and for being desperate and frightened enough to risk 6 months on a leaky boat with questionable characters to get somewhere they can try to start living their lives again. It’s a bloody disgrace.

  2. Blast Tyrant

    WLS “Australians, especially the ones over 55, just do not care that those people are desperately trying to flee their country. They care about how they’re going to buy a house, get a good job, have kids…”
    Well, i reckon they should have started thinking about those things a little earlier in life 😛

    WLS is correct with people voting Greens being “fucking tree huggers”. Most tree huggers see overpopulation as a problem in Australia.
    With the recent debate about our future population people in Melbourne for example, with shitty public transport and unaffordable housing (things Jeremy has covered in this blog) as well as water restrictions will think, “well this stuff sux now, imagine if we go from about 4 million to 7 million”.

    Obviously the small % of boat arrivals have a fuck all impact on our population.

    I guess I’m saying that refugees shouldn’t just be discussed from a moral perspective.
    I agree that being such a vulnerable section of society, it’s all messed up with the government is doing, however somehow people need to realise that it’s the same pricks causing problems in our lives in regards to housing, transport etc that cause problems for refugees, because it’s not refugees that make life harder for us, it’s the pricks in government.

  3. the voters dont suck, they just parrot what they read

  4. baldrickjones

    The people don’t agree with me – therefore the people are stupid.

    Dude, you sound like Bolt here.

  5. baldrickjones

    Have you ever thought that people do understand the issue, are not brainwashed and mindlessly chant news ltd headlines, and simply just agree with the policy?

    Hard to comprehend??

  6. That’s even worse. Someone who supports locking asylum seekers in the desert indefinitely is either ignorant of the reality, or they’re cruel and inhumane. There isn’t a middle ground.

  7. Have you ever thought that people do understand the issue, are not brainwashed and mindlessly chant news ltd headlines, and simply just agree with the policy?

    Indeed. Just like a majority understood the issues of discrimination on the basis of colour, genealogy and race, and continued to support segregation laws that prohibited aboriginals from accessing the same public spaces (and at the same time) as other Australians.

    Just cause the general public want to be led like sheep doesn’t make the government’s policy determination the right one.

    What an unbelievably ignorant remark.

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