Bolt today shifted the goalposts to realign the propaganda against asylum seeking refugees. Not only is he railing against those in Australia’s concentration camps as ‘illegals’, now Bolt has set his sights on earlier arrivals that had been processed and resettled in Australia during the years of the Labor government. In his post this morning Bolt writes:
In six years of Labor Government, the Human Rights Commission held just one inquiry into the policies which had lured 50,000 boat people to Australia, drowned at least 1100 of them, crammed our detention centres to overflowing and had thousands of boat people released into the community without proper vetting or permission to work.
In the past the word ‘lured’ was used in the context of having been ‘lured to their deaths’ referring to the drownings at sea of asylum seeking refugees attempting to come to Australia by boat. Now Bolt is attempting to change the context by suggesting that it was the Labor government that had ‘lured 50,000 boatpeople to Australia’.
Bolt is now also trying to suggest that those boatpeople who had been granted asylum in Australia and released into the community during Labor’s time in government were somehow done so illegally due to not having been vetted properly or without proper permission to work.
The fact that Australia is a signatory of the various refugee conventions and therefore obliged to accept those who arrive here seeking asylum can hardly be labelled a ‘lure’; it is merely doing what we are obliged to do.
One wonders if the next step for Bolt is to begin calling for the deportation of boatpeople who were granted asylum during the Labor government.