There is no argument that Tony Abbott has shown himself to be the consummate hypocrite, more evidently so since taking over the prime ministership. I’ve stumbled across a wonderful example of his hypocrisy, which has the added bonus of producing further evidence of his stupidity.
Do you remember this from earlier last year?
Tony Abbott is seeking an urgent briefing from the Prime Minister on how a boat of suspected asylum seekers last week managed to reach the Australian mainland for the first time in five years.
The Opposition Leader has written to Ms Gillard requesting an official explanation about the incident.
He writes, “the Coalition is gravely concerned over the extent to which the capacity of government agencies to undertake security checks on arrivals have been undermined and the massive consequent cost blowouts running at more than $5 billion since the last election.”Moreover, Minister O’Connor has failed to satisfactorily explain why he plans to spend more than $100,000 transferring these mainland boat arrivals by air to Christmas Island for health checks and other procedures that should have been done in facilities where they are already accommodated.”
Mr Abbott also accused Julia Gillard of running a $100,000 taxi service for the 66 Sri Lankans – who landed in Geraldton, Western Australia, on Monday – amid plans to fly them to Christmas Island.
Now listen to the same bloke today:
Australian PM Tony Abbott has defended what critics have described as government secrecy over asylum policy.
Officials have in recent days refused to comment on reports that Australian naval forces have turned back at least one boat to Indonesia.
Asylum-seeker accounts have also alleged mistreatment by navy personnel.
Mr Abbott, who promised a tough line on the asylum issue when he took office, said restricting information flow boosted operational enforcement.
“I’d rather be criticised for being a bit of a closed book on this issue and actually stop the boats,” he told local media.
“The point is not to provide sport for public discussion. The point is to stop the boats.
“I’m pleased to say it is now several weeks since we’ve had a boat, and the less we talk about operational details on the water, the better when it comes to stopping the boats.”
All of a sudden ‘keeping quiet’ stops the boats.
I’m sorry, but I can’t help myself, I need to swear . . . Oh for fuck’s sake.