DEAR Prime Minister,
Rather than being a try-hard ironman, admit you are more like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz; there appears to be no heart.
Do you not see the irony of your trumpeting the fact you have forced our navy to tow back refugees to a developing nation that already has problems sustaining its own population when at the same time we read in the press: “The Italian navy rescued more than 1100 migrants from nine large rafts in the waters south of Sicily late Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
“Patrol helicopters identified the overcrowded rafts on Wednesday. Four navy vessels participated in the rescue, which ended early on Thursday, according to an Italian navy statement.
“January saw a total of 2156 migrants in Italy, compared with 217 the previous January. And in all of 2013, sea arrivals in Italy more than tripled from the previous year, fuelled mainly by Syria’s civil war and strife in the Horn of Africa.
“Throughout 2013, a total of 2925 vessels of various shapes and sizes landed on Italian shores, carrying about 43,000 people, including nearly 4000 children.
“Italian leaders say the surge has overwhelmed Italy, and they can’t possibly grant amnesty to or detain all of the immigrants coming to their shores.
“Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s coalition government announced earlier this week that it intended to reduce the maximum amount of time people could stay in immigration detention centres currently fixed at 18 months.”
The Italian navy rescued the people in harm’s way, they did not tow them back to the territorial waters of Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Libya or any other North African country.
Are you not ashamed that we are doing less for refugees than Italy?
Whoever advised you that it was a good idea to launch the election campaign for Bill Glasson and presumably told you that it was going to be a Liberal party victory with Bill being a candidate for a ministerial position is not working for you, they are working against you, so watch your back.
‘One-Term Tony’ is already being whispered by your party, but I find it silly to think Joe Hockey would be a suitable replacement.
The victorious Labor candidate had an uphill battle not the least because of her gender; Queenslanders do not like voting for women it would appear currently there are four female federal members from Queensland: Karen Andrews, Teresa Gambaro, Michelle Landry and Jane Prentice. It is also interesting to note they are all members of the LNP; there are no female federal members of the Liberal Party in Queensland.
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