It may be worth telling Sarah Ferguson this, or it may not, but it takes a village to drown a child.
It’s not just a ‘greedy people smuggler’ who puts them into frail boats on rough seas. It’s the Australian authorities who burn the less frail boats that get here. It’s the Australian authorities who will not let them on a Qantas flight, and decide when they get here if they deserve to stay. It’s the Australian authorities who aren’t on the right side of Christmas Island with rescue equipment when a boat smashes on the rocks in a great storm at dawn.
It’s the Australian authorities who imagine mothers with children and relatives here have no right to be here.
If they’re genuine refugees, why make it hard for them to get here? If they’re not genuine refugees why not send them back? Why force them into boats at all? Why? Why do it?
And, oh yes, it’s the Australian authorities at war in Iraq and Afghanistan who help make those places unliveable. If we had not been at war there, smashing up their lives and their communities and their marriages and their ancient alliances, they would not be trying to get here. They would not be trying to get away.
Give me a break. The self-righteousness of this disgusting, prurient, stalking woman deserves many years in gaol in The Hague. She is wrecking the lives of children living in peace here with some hope of a future, at school in a Canberra suburb. What did they ever do to her? Or to us, the Australian people, who came on other boats in other decades?
What does she think she is doing?
I will debate her anytime. Anywhere.