I hereby release from their promise the few good people willing to put up money to fly the Falun Gung Ten to Auckland, now they’ve agreed to be imprisoned in Australia for a while. I underestimated Chris Bowen’s determination to stay enmired in this foul and shaming issue when there was a simple way out of it, to use New Zealand as our offshore processing centre, cleanse the region of the suppurating wound of the people smugglers, save a lot of money, outflank Abbott and win the election; like so many of the New South Wales Right he prefers to lose, and lose big, on a policy he doesn’t believe in.
It is to be wondered what he was afraid of. Have the Falun Gung, for whom Bob Hawke wept openly on the floor of Parliament after the murders in the Tien Min Square, any record of blowing up Australians? Burgling Australians? Kidnapping Australians and holding them to ransom? None at all. What then was the problem? It was much like like holding for questioning under suspicion of terrorism a Salvation Army brass band.
Why be the only country in the Western World that imprisons immigrant infants and their mothers, and with unending ‘detention’ drives young men to suicide? Why do this? Why do it?