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Scott Morrison asked to resign

Arrogance, mismanagement and foreign policy faux pas have been pointed out by Bruce Haigh, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, as reasons why the DIBP Minister should resign, “He appears to understand nothing and listens to no one,” adding “Bully is a gentle word for Mr Morrison.” Haigh however doesn’t suggest who should take over.

In a strongly worded piece, the often quoted political commentator and former diplomat, Bruce Haigh said, ““The Minister for Immigration, Scott Morrison, should resign. He is not a fit and proper person to be responsible for vulnerable lives.”

Listing a litany of complaints, which could arguably apply to past heads of such portfolios, Haigh first pointed to the recent riots at the Manus Island detention camp caused likely by tension and frustration which then led to anger, physical violence from asylum seekers, one death and 70 injuries.

On the relationship with our giant of a neighbour, Indonesia, Haigh states, “Without any help, Mr Morrison has taken the relationship with Indonesia to its lowest point since the mid-1980s. He appears to understand nothing and listens to no one…"

This he claims has ruptured ties with the governing Indonesian elite. An urgent change of tact is needed, and Haigh doesn’t believe it will happen unless some heads roll. “The only means by which a sustainable policy can be implemented is in co-operation with the Indonesian government, but Mr Morrison has burnt his bridges. With elections due shortly in Indonesia, he can expect to reap what he has sown from what is likely to be a less tolerant government.”

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  • Guest
    Anthony L Clarke JP KSJ Friday, 21 February 2014

    What NONSENSE. Look at yesterday's Australian, where Malaysia is acknowledging boats are returning there from the pipeline that was meant to reach Australia. It also says the number refugees registering in Indonesia has dropped dramatically. In other words stopping the boats has had a flow on effect to 'refugees' not even trying to get to Malaysia and then through to Indonesia for a trip to Australia. Stopping the boats has eased the problems for Indonesia and Malaysia. Yes, Scott had to be tough to show he means business. That toughness is now showing as a benefit for the whole region. He needs to continue as the Minister as his policies are actually getting the outcomes needed.

  • Guest
    Richard Saturday, 22 February 2014

    Targeting a Minister personally (rather than the POLICIES of a government) is a sure sign of being on the losing side of the debate and being bereft of moral, ethical or practical points to persecute. In this context it seems Minister Morrison is implementing his policy too successfully for some who are stuck with nothing constructive to say. Let's leave mudslingers to wallow in their own muck, Scott, and get on with doing a great job. When the boats are stopped altogether, Australia can revert to using the humanitarian quota of visas for bringing out women and children who really need resettlement, rather than self-selecting upwardly mobile would-be-migrants, many of whom do not qualify for protection and who are seeking to pervert the purpose of protection and resettlement visas for their own self-interested purposes.

  • Guest
    Adolf Friday, 21 February 2014

    It is about time that Australia start to treat these people with tough measures to solve the problem costing the tax payer million of dollars every month. I strongly agree with the Minister's measures as they work!

  • Guest
    Erlinda geronimo Friday, 21 February 2014

    I agree - what a load of nonsense. This is the first time since the Labor government that the people smugglers are finding some resistance. Have you counted the bodies that were floating in the ocean during the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd government? This Manus Island event is tragic, but the finger should not be pointed to Mr Morrison, who has been doing his hardest to take the proper line to stop people smuggling. Do you know that asylum seekers inside Australia not only get a pension, but the young ones get entertainment additional pension! We, Australians do not get that privilege. Come on Bruce Haigh, be a dinkum Aussie and protect our country and Australians!

  • Guest
    offthefence Friday, 21 February 2014

    Prove your claim. What is an 'entertainment additional pension' and who gets it in what circumstances. References please!

  • Guest
    linda Friday, 21 February 2014

    The younger asylum seekers already in Australia are provided with an additional amount, and the government (previous government) employs an adult officer to take these young ones to entertainment centres. They get about $100.00 per week in entertainment pension.

  • Guest
    guest Friday, 21 February 2014

    Any references for that claim?
    Asylum seekers on BVEs do not have access to Centrelink payments. Instead they may be eligible for the ASAS, which is not more, but less (89%) than Special Benefit Payments (which are usually the same as Newstart).
    http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/62assistance.htm
    http://www.redcross.org.au/asylum-seeker-assistance-scheme.aspx

  • Guest
    lies and pretence and more and more lies and gesturing Friday, 21 February 2014

    Scott Morrison wants Tony Abbott's job. He has ambitions which is why he wants to be on TV all the time showing he is a strong and poweful leader (at any cost). Give the immigration portfolio to Michaelia Cash the Senator.

  • Guest
    Erlinda Santos Friday, 21 February 2014

    I do not agree. Scott Morrison is doing what the Labor government has not done
    for many years. A good government undertakes hard, albeit unpopular steps for the greater good of the greater number of Australians. Scott Morrison, I am sure, will consider deploying Australian defense professionals to Manus Island to avoid repetition of this tragedy.

    Give Morrison a break - he is doing a good job!

    Linda Santos

  • Jing Zhou
    Jing Zhou Friday, 21 February 2014

    If a government cannot take control of their own border, it will lose the respeact from anyone especially the real refugee. Australia was a laughing stock and pity until Morrison came. It got be tough Morrison because it is a tough business.

  • Guest
    Observer Friday, 21 February 2014

    Scott Morrison is no worse, no better than the other Libs. Kick all of them out!

  • Guest
    fed up with inhumanity and indeference. Friday, 21 February 2014

    But the other mob are no better than the Libs.
    The artificial distinction between plane and boat arrivals is a nonsense; contrary to the spirit and provisions of the Act and the Refugee Convention. It does nothing except to show up Australia as untrustworthy when it comes to meeting our International obligations, applying our own domestic law or or even meeting the simplest tests of compassion.
    Other far less wealthy countries' willingness to offer asylum are making us look like an international pariah, something that must be of real concern to all fair thinking Australians especially RMAs. Do you thionk this is fair? http://bushtelegraph.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/sworn-affidavit-torture-by-navy.pdf
    I hope not many more will have to be tortured or die in detention before the international community (forget the Libs and Labor) starts punitive trade embargoes on us. For Pity's sake bring it on!

  • Guest
    WA Friday, 21 February 2014

    I'm with the Minister. Indonesian Government opens the gate for the illegal migrants to travel to Australia. We don't need neighbour like them, no love lost. Good on you Minister. Get on with the good work, ignore those softies.

  • Guest
    offthefence Friday, 21 February 2014

    Illegal Migrants??? Are you serious? I hope you're not actually a RMA. Please tell me you're not!

  • Guest
    offthefence Friday, 21 February 2014

    Yes, look at the Australian. In fact let's all only read Murdoch papers! Maybe this bunch of mad racists will start to look a little more human then.

  • Guest
    Just can't take this nonsense anymore Sunday, 23 February 2014

    True true!! Surely people aren't silly enough to actually believe what they read in a Murdock paper "Unbelievable!!"

  • Guest
    martin ex mig agent and now a happy man not being gaged by MARA Friday, 21 February 2014

    i mean just look at the way this hobbit grins hes not a person you would trust further than an arms length kick the bugger out yeah kick em all out put em in chains ops nah better even send them to the camps where migrants have to live and keep em there as cleaners cooks they don't know what an honest day work mean .... parasites... all of them

  • Guest
    linda Santos Friday, 21 February 2014

    Bully Bruce Haigh! I wonder if you understand the full impact of the
    difficult portfolio that Mr Morrison holds. I wonder, if in the outside event you step into
    Mr Morrison's shoes whether you will do a better job!

    Linda Santos

  • Liana - Allan
    Liana - Allan Friday, 21 February 2014

    What? Is he achieving too much for you, Bruce?

  • Guest
    "You cannot be serious man" Sunday, 23 February 2014

    Too much? Don't you mean too many? eg too many;

      Burnt Bridges with Indonesia Breaches of International Maritime law Breaches of International Humanitarian law. People in indefinite detention Deaths in detention. Children in detention. Breaches of the basic aspects of the Rule of law Countries starting to see Australia as a very rich but selfish, and inhumane, country.

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