I watched Cry Freedom last night, for the first time since it came out in the late 1980s. It’s a great film, but the scene that stuck with me this time was right at the beginning. The police were clearing a squatter settlement, burning houses, arresting and beating people and so on. The scene shifts to Donald Woods listing to the apartheid government’s news broadcast, which announces that “the raid was a complete success, and many illegals were arrested or gave themselves up”.

7 thoughts on “Illegals

  1. I was visiting Singapore in about 1996. I remember being in a 7-11 while a news bulletin played over the store radio. The third or fourth story was along the lines of, “The communications office of the education department has asked students to remain calm and await an announcement from the education minister later today.”

    That was it. There was no information that might reflect poorly on the government, or allow citizens to evaluate its actions in any way. On that day I came to understand the importance of Australia’s free press.

  2. Most of the Tampa illegal aliens have been given more permanent asylum somewhere – the offices of Government’s machiavellian AUS border-protecting policy.
    And many ME regugees have have been repatriated to their, formerly opressed (eg Iraq, Afghan), nations – liberated, in part, through the offices of the Goverments machiavellian US alliance-consolidating policy.
    And therein lies the big difference between the “actual and existing” Howard and the fantasy cutout constructed by the Howard-ha,…er criticising Left. The real Howard was thunderously acclaimed by AUS’s pragmatic realist electorate.
    The Left will continue to languish in Opposition until comes to its senses on this issue.

  3. I had high hopes for Labor, when Latham was elected leader, especially after reading this missive to the NSW Labor Council, which included this beautiful put down of Phillip Adams:

    “In my experience, the strongest supporters of the rights agenda are those who do not have to face the daily consequences of irresponsible behaviour. They have the resources to buy themselves away from social problems, to purchase private security, private education, private health insurance and private transport. This gives them the luxury of being able to talk about human rights without the need for social responsibility.

    “The best example of this abstract process is Phillip Adams. In his public life he opposes border protection, safe in the knowledge that asylum seekers are unlikely to settle near his Paddington terrace. In his private life, however, he is a strong supporter of laneway protection, even to the point of preventing a 90-year-old woman in a wheelchair from accessing his property so that she might have Christmas lunch with her son.”

    But it appears that a funny thing happened to him on the way to the Forum, and he ended up as just another victim of the Seduction of Unreason so that it now appears that the working class has been defined away to only include only those who oppose the war in Iraq.The ‘workers’ ‘party’ now wants murderers and victims to greet each other in the spirit of multiculturalism, as comrades, and they opine that the proletariat should embrace beheadings and theism, as the real stuff of socialism from a New Left POV.
    It goes without saying that the Greens are the self nominated “vanguard” of this lunacy.

  4. Tipper – ‘ad hominem’ arguments like your ‘beautiful put down of Phillip Adams’ are nothing more than name calling. The argument that rights agendas are opposed to social responsibility is a straw man. In my experience, ‘rights’ agendas have their basis in real life injustices and come about by the victims of these injustices asserting their rights.

    Now’s your chance to respond with a diatribe about ‘victims’. It’s called blaming the victim and that’s what your argument amounts to.

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