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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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    Robert Steain Friday, 21 February 2014

    It is astounding that some people choose to ignore the fact that the previous Government, its independent and Green supporters and its 3 ministers for immigration were directly responsible for the deaths of so many people. Those asylum seekers were lured by, as our Indonesian neighbours phrased it, "the sugar on the table" that was the open border policy prior to the current government's actions which have obviously shown the results desired by any humane people. That someone as ignorant and bigoted as Bruce Haigh even gets published amazes me as his comments clearly demonstrate his placing one life over thousands. Would he support Green's miscreant, Sarah Hansen-Young's claim that no responsibility is due since "accidents happen" If so, might he not extend the same waiver to Scott Morrison? I am not unsympathetic towards asylum seekers having spent several weeks on Christmas Island with an IAAAS task force which caused me much emotional distress and recurring nightmares. A cruel but sad fact is that most people born outside Australia would choose, if they could, to be born here in the lucky country. That the UNHCR's definition of persecution is so flawed as to allow someone who simply believes [or claims they believe] they may be subject to the same is entitled to asylum belies common sense and logic. If I believe in Santa Claus will I be entitled to presents?

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    linda santos Friday, 21 February 2014

    Well said Robert. I think you made your point clearly and strongly. The 'bleeding hearts,' what have they done to contribute to the welfare of the greater number of Australians except to add more to the woes of the present system of government. I would not vote for the "bleeding hearts." They are not visionaries; they take advantage of topical issues; they do not assess carefully and thoughtfully before they speak. All they are interested in is getting the minority votes, enough to get them elected. Did Senator Hanson-Young not compare our border protection issue with a television programme? I think some journalists pointed out that the TV series is fiction. Manus Island and other potential venues are real life scenarios initiated might I say, by the slack policy of the previous government on border protection.

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    Samuel Nguyen Friday, 21 February 2014

    Please remember, refugees are not illegal immigrants. For those who want to stop asylum seekers from coming to any countries is nothing short of allowing people basic human rights to be violated. Australia is violating international laws.

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    by the way Friday, 21 February 2014

    Good on you, Robert. I cannot agree more. Well said.
    I am confident Mr Morrison will take strong steps to avoid further tragedies on or off Manus Island. It was a sad tragedy, and should not happen again.

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    Observer Friday, 21 February 2014

    Operation Soverign Borders.
    Two questions:
    Why borders?
    Why not frontiers?
    All right!
    All those who illegally crosses the borders should be trated as violaters of Australian frontier until proven otherwise.

    Who launched the definition "asylum seekers"?

    Send them to Manus Island or maybe further!

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    Observer Sunday, 23 February 2014

    Any government can do whatever they fancy but until you call intruders "asylum seekers" Australia will be flooded with illegal strangers.

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