Tuesday, May 24, 2005

RIP - 'Ministerial Responsibility'

Is anybody else mourning the loss of ministerial responsibility?

If we go back fifteen years or so, a minister, whose department had been involved in as many monumental cock-ups as Vanstone's has, would be forced to fall on their sword... and quite rightly too.

How the fuck can Johnny stick up for this gross incompetence?

It pisses me off no end.

Howard stands by Vanstone, detention policy

Prime Minister John Howard has expressed support for Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone's handling of several recent scandals and the Government's mandatory detention policy.

The Opposition has called for Senator Vanstone to be sacked over immigration detention cases involving Cornelia Rau, Vivian Solon and 32 other matters being investigated by former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Palmer.

"I want to take this opportunity of expressing my very strong support for Senator Vanstone's administration of that portfolio," Mr Howard told Federal Parliament.

"I express my very strong support for Amanda Vanstone's administration of what is a very difficult portfolio."

The Palmer 'private' inquiry has no powers to compel witnesses to give evidence and Senator Vanstone has offered no guarantees the report will be released in full.

Mr Howard has also defended the mandatory detention of asylum seekers after the Opposition used Question Time to attack government policy.

Labor attack

Labor leader Kim Beazley called for a royal commission and for Senator Vanstone to go.

"When will the Minister responsible be held to account and sacked?" he asked.

Mr Beazley also asked about three-year-old girl Naomi Leong, who has spent her life in detention until being released on Monday.

"Prime Minister does the Government only release children from detention when it is shamed and embarrassed by headlines in overseas media," he said.

Mr Howard says the decision to release the Leongs was made by the Immigration Department, administering government policy.

He showed no sign of changing that policy.

"The Government continues to adhere to a policy of mandatory detention," he said.

Backbench opposition

Liberal backbencher Petro Georgiou plans to introduce two private members bill for the release of women and children and those who have been in detention for more than a year.

Fellow Liberal backbencher Judi Moylan has thrown her support behind Mr Georgiou.

He is calling for a more targeted system and the release of all women and children and will present his bills to the party room next week.

He already has the support of at least three of his colleagues and Ms Moylan thinks there are others who agree.

"I think this has become a matter of conscience for many people," she said.

"Its a policy that doesn't do anything to preserve human dignity. I believe there will be a number of people who will raise concerns about it."

The Prime Minister has indicated MPs will not be given a conscience vote on the issue.

Mr Howard also gave more details of an offer to Vivian Solon, who was wrongfully deported, saying the Government would pay for airfares, accommodation and medical expenses should she return to Australia from the Philippines.

Stolen from: The ABC


At 8:49 am, Blogger miss wendy said...

He'd have to stand up for her as I'd suggest it's HIS policy and decision making .. Have you heard lately how they talk of the glass cliff replacing the glass ceiling for women.. How now they let women into areas that need a 'fall guy' ... and they push! Not that I am suggesting Miss Amanda is the brightest most integrity filled tool in the shed.

At 2:30 am, Blogger jenny said...


played a trivia game with friends yesterday and got the question which was the biggest city on the australian west coast. :)

At 3:09 am, Blogger cotard said...

I hope you impressed everyone with your knowledge of my fine (yet quite dull) city...

At 5:59 am, Blogger jenny said...

indeed i did! with the knowledge of its existence and not much else..
to be quite honest, i know embarrassingly little about australia, except for some geographical and historical things. but i guess (hope) i'm not the only one who feels that way about the (rest of the) world..

At 5:54 pm, Blogger Brownie said...

read your 'Howard stands by Amanda Vanstone' . . . I just started humming 'Stand By Your MOUND, give her 2 arms to cling to; and something warm and tender when late night sittings are lonely, Staaaaaaand by yoa Mound, and tell th world you love her. . . .

At 7:06 pm, Blogger cotard said...

Brownie... classic!

Thanks for stopping by and making me laugh so hard that my cheap cask wine nearly came out of my nose...

I've actually developed a new theory on the whole Vanstone thing:

She's actually got a couple more major cock-ups left in her (possibly to be revealed by the 'Palmer Enquiry'), and Johnny's waiting for her to get them out of her system so she can take the fall for them too (saving his bushy-eye-browed-ass), before he makes her fall on her sword (poor sword).

It's just a theory...


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