04 October 2010

Holding the Opposition ferociously to account

Yesterday afternoon Crikey’s Canberra correspondent tweeted a very relevant demand:

BernardKeane we're still waiting for you to be "accountable" for this tripe @ScottMorrisonMP http://youtu.be/ZRljigv0KK8

What amazes me about the Opposition on this matter is that they appear to operate in a legislation-free treaty-free environment. They bandy about all sorts of heroic talk about tough measures as though the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees, the 1974 Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea and the provisions of the Defence Act 1903 did not exist. They just make it up as they go along. The Government is bad enough, but this mob is a nightmare.

I would be prepared to allow for the possibility that the Opposition Leader and his Immigration Spokesman are not aware of these legislative frameworks – homework does not seem to be a strong suit for the Opposition – but really, ignorance of the law is no excuse. Surely they know that much.

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