Reassuring to see that the Greens are as unimpressed by the Gillard Government’s race to the bottom on refugee policy as I am:
Senator Brown says the government’s refugee policy is now a “dog’s breakfast”.
“The government looks like the opposition and vice versa,” he told Network Ten on Sunday.
“They’re both trying to outdo (former prime minister) John Howard in punitive and cruel approaches towards people and their families who are trying to seek refuge in this country and (are) escaping from oppressive situations overseas.”
Senator Brown said it was “abhorrent” to send people to Malaysian camps “where the cane is in frequent use”.
“Decent-minded Australians, when they get to see more of that, are going to be appalled by this take by the Gillard government which is no less inhumane than the Abbott opposition’s alternative.”
Here’s hoping that the Greens remember that supporting Gillard for Prime Minister doesn’t mean passing legislation just because she puts it up. Here’s hoping they do as their supporters demand and vote against this, leaving it up to the ALP and Liberals to decide whether they hate refugees more than they hate each other.