“Rudd’s professed Christianity”
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ABC Unleashed : The need to be popular saps courage and compassion
As a former diplomat Kevin Rudd should know better. People smugglers fulfill a desperate need. If the need was not there people smugglers would have to turn their hand to some other trade. By slamming the people smugglers, Rudd is denying that need. By implication he is saying that the people smugglers tout for business and that without their active spruiking, refugees and their needs would fade away.
Malcolm Turnbull jumped on the bandwagon, looking for a few cheap political points and seeking to please and appease the unelectable troglodytes of his right wing. Pulled into line by the more mature members of his backbench and party, his thoughtless foray into populism has only served to highlight the opposition’s lack of a refugee policy.
Thoughtful and informed swinging voters must be appalled at this crude appeal to populism. The silliness of Rudd’s statement that, ”People smugglers are the vilest form of human life, they trade on the tragedy of others, and that is why they should rot in jail and, in my own view, rot in hell,” puts the lie to any understanding of the role of people smugglers. Rudd has compounded the impression of a hollow man, by more recently stating that, “The reality is we are facing huge additional numbers across the archipelago, coming off global factors. The question of calibrating the country’s response to the assets that we need in the air-sea gap to our north – that is where the critical business lies.”
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Bruce Haigh is a retired diplomat who has worked in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran and Saudi Arabia. When on posting in South Africa during the apartheid years (1976/79) he helped a number of people, in fear of the authorities, escape the country.