Woin Swan bangin' on.
Marr: Australians have a fear and loathing of boat people. Xenophobia.
No David, that's not correct.
And the female panellist has it right.
It is that the boat people are not following proper procedures to enter Australia and claim asylum. It is the dishonest way that they arrive, destroying their papers in the hope that they will get into Australia as bona fide asylum seekers by lying about who they are and where they come from. None of these do-gooders believe this nor do they accept that people would lie about their qualifications/reasons for claiming asylum. If they've travelled from the middle east/Sri Lanka through many countries or by air (for all of which they need visas and travelling papers), but mainly coming from Indonesia. Some of them have applied for asylum in Indonesia and it has been granted and they are waiting to be placed, others have applied for asylum and have been refused recognition and these are the ones who usually are accepted as refugees.
Now we have Kevin Rudd's climate change speech at Lowy Insitute. He's nuts.
It will be interesting to see the 4 Corners program on ABC Monday night, which looks at the Liberal party's internal, um, disagreements on the ETS/CRAP/Copenhagen, etc.
An ETS is inevitable... this is what Marr says. I hope not!