What a total and cynical fraud this man is.
It’s quite demeaning to describe them as merely “boat people.” Considering the multitude of transport modes used by alleged refugees on their epic journeys to Australia, they should at least be called “cartrainjettruckfootbikeboat people”. Speaking of whom, here’s Bob Brown avoiding a straight answer on how many cartrainjettruckfootbikeboaties we should accept:
And Brown isn’t answering. At a guess, the number would have to be upwards of 1.5 million before Brown and his kind thought to act.
UPDATE. Live Gillard press conference on boaties here.
UPDATE II. Labor’s view in 2007:
Gillard now dismisses “turn the boats back” as a “shallow slogan”.