Another lie from Tony Abbott

By February 13, 2019Australian Politics

Tony Abbott has told dodgy radio station 2GB that asylum-seekers are “having a lend of us” because most of them are “economic refugees”1. While commenting on anything Tony Abbott says is a little risky because his inarticulacy tends to make one think he may have, at the time, simply lost a connection between what remains of his brain and his gob, and said something he didn’t really mean to say. However, I’ll have a stab at this one because like most of these desperate muppets in the federal government, he will say anything to try to fight against the existential threat to his political career posed by Zali Stegall2.

To call someone an ‘economic refugee’ is to create an oxymoron. Asylum-seekers arrive on our shores seeking protection from the regimes or conflict they have fled. They are assessed to see if they are genuine refugees, and something like 85% are adjudged to be genuine, despite the criteria being quite strict. These criteria do not allow people who have fled their country solely for economic reasons to be considered as refugees. Those that aren’t adjudged to be refugees are sent home. So, there is no such thing as an ‘economic refugee’. This is just another of Tony Abbott’s lies, which are numerous3.

While it is not unknown for politicians everywhere to lie, the degree to which this government has enthusiastically embraced this despicable tactic has meant that every time any member of the government says anything, the rule of thumb that should be applied is that whatever has been said is a lie. Then you will be less likely to be surprised.




  • Jon says:

    If Abbott’s religious beliefs are correct then he’ll either burn in Hell or spend a helluva long time in Purgatory. His lies pale into insignificance compared to his hypocrisy though. Catholicism teaches compassion and care for others but Abbott is selective about who he thinks deserves it. He himself was an “economic refugee” – although a much more privileged one than others who seek safer and better lives – so you’d think he might have some understanding, but the bloke’s brain is so crammed with extreme ideology that there’s little room for common sense let alone comprehension. Perhaps he’s still in shock that his bestie Pell is locked away?

    • admin says:

      There are many faux christians around at present; so many they outnumber the people who actually follow what christ is reputed to have said. I’m so glad I am an atheist and I don’t have to mix with these vermin. In Abbott’s case, think Bob Ellis probably got it right when he suggested that Abbott, in his boxing career, has too many punches to the head.

  • Arthur Baker says:

    “there is no such thing as an ‘economic refugee’”

    If you take the strict definition of refugee, as defined in the UN Refugee Convention, you are correct. Money has no place in that definition. But the term “economic migrant” does cover a whole lot of people who have washed up in Australia, including some asylum seekers whose claim is rejected.

    Most of the ten-pound Poms were economic migrants. They came here because they believed they could make a better living away from where they were. Some of them went back home, but most of them stayed and were better off.

    I’m an economic migrant. I arrived here from Britain in October 1972 aged 24, and originally had no intention of staying in Australia longer than 12 months. In October 1973, my native country was plunged into economic crisis {see and my then partner and I realised that returning to Britain would be economic suicide, so we decided to stay another 12 months and see how things went.

    After two years in this country we loved it, and although we were already guaranteed permanent residency, we soon applied for, and were granted, citizenship. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to label me an economic refugee, if you don’t stick to the Refugee Convention definition. We saw what was happening in our native land economically, it was appalling, and we shied away from it. I make no apology for being an economic refugee in that sense, and I bless the day we made that decision.

    • admin says:

      You weren’t a refugee, but a migrant who went through the hoops and, if required then, had a visa stamped on your passport.

  • Arthur Baker says:

    PS I wasn’t a ten-pound Pom. I paid, not only for my own fare to come here, but also for my then partner’s fare because she was stony broke. After arrival, and having rented a flat and bought a few basic necessities, we had $5 left. We went down the local wine bar and drank that. We both started jobs (easy to find in 1972) on the first Monday, and never looked back.

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