“Sometimes bad things happen”
– By Darin Sullivan
It was a moment of clarity in politics this morning when Tony Abbott made the clunker of all clunkers, and the media missed it entirely.
He was being interviewed alongside Warren Truss, and was asked about asylum seekers. He spewed the usual venom about ‘turning back the boats’ and how bad the Government’s policy was, but then he digressed. Being pushed about his own proposed asylum seeker policy, he went on to say (effectively) that:
Sometimes when policing and implementing difficult polices, “bad things happen”. That it’s kinda like the police, who in the course of their daily duties, while trying to do the right thing, have bad things happen. “It’s not the police’s fault, it’s the criminals fault”, he said.
He related that to his own proposed policy, if bad things happen when we turn back the boats, then that’s ok, because he’s trying to do the right thing. He more or less made the point that these things happen during governance.
Putting aside the subliminal beliefs he was displaying (ie that he thinks his actions and position on asylum seekers is like being the police, just policing criminals, and that it’s their own fault for being criminals) the obvious flaw in his argument was right in front of the media pack, and not one of them picked it up – how can he apply that logic to himself, and not the current government?
If it’s ok to have policy in place, and then bad things happen, then how can he criticise the current government? It means that the bad things happening are justified. It’s ridiculous. This is the depth of this man, and we just accept the rhetoric.
I am not supporting the current government’s stance on asylum seekers, this is not a reflection on the asylum seeker issue at all. This is debating 101. This is basic politics, basic public comment with clear hypocrisy, a clear gaffe, and it was just let go by the media.
How can the rhetoric stop, and how can politicians be held to account, when basics like this are left on the public record. it’s a joke.