Abbott stops the transparency boat

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 18 2018 - 9:45pm, first published September 22 2013 - 5:00pm

If only thanks to the ignorance of Jaymes Diaz, most Australians knew Prime Minister Tony Abbott had a six-point plan to ''stop the boats.'' Abbott never did say that the six-point plan was in fact a seven-point plan, by which his government would put under close political control all information about what it was doing, would carefully control and sanitise what was released, usually a week or more after events, and would place everything under a web of spin, and pseudo-military censorship and the minister's theories about getting the jump on people smugglers by keeping them guessing. Hardly any information made available will be able to be regarded as complete, reliable or able to satisfy public expectations that the use of force against people fleeing persecution and war is proper and humane, and in accordance with our international obligations.

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