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It’s been a while since you’ve heard from Kevin Rudd, in fact, not since he lost his post as prime minister has he made any public statements about Australian politics, however his return with an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald on November 2 certainly made you take notice.

The former prime minister was nothing short of scathing towards Malcolm Turnbull over the Government’s proposed asylum seeker laws, saying they should be opposed before arguing that the Government’s stance is nothing short of pandering to the “mad right”.

In case you missed it, Malcolm Turnbull recently announced the Government would push ahead with legislation that would see asylum seekers who have attempted to come to Australia by boat banned from obtaining a visa for life, even if they are genuine refugees.

Turnbull says the ban would apply to all adults detained at Manus Island or Nauru detention centres from July 19, 2013.

While the proposal has been met with criticism, including from Opposition leader Bill Shorten who also claims the Government’s decision was an attempt to keep the political far right happy, though he hasn’t ruled out supporting the plan entirely, which makes Rudd’s column all the more interesting.

“This is both bad policy and bad politics: on policy, the far right in Australian represent the worst of the xenophobic, nationalist and protectionist wave that we now see raging across Europe and America; while on politics, appeasement of political thugs like Abbott, Dutton, Abetz, Andrews and, depending on which way the wind is blowing, Morrison, only embolden the far right to demand more, not less,” Rudd writes.

Rudd goes on to write about the 2013 deal with Papua New Guinea whereby refugees would be processed on Manus Island, was only intended to run for a period of 12 months saying it was designed to break the “gathering momentum of the people-smuggling industry”, and says the Government has not honoured the refugee protections outlined in the agreement “because it was not in their [Tony Abbott’s or Malcolm Turnbull’s] domestic political interest to do so”.

The former PM who is now based in New York, concludes his column with: “I have kept silent on Australian domestic policy debates for the last three year. But this one sinks to new lows. It is pure politics designed to appease the xenophobes.”

Malcolm Turnbull has argued that the new visa ban is critical resolving a problem that was created by the former Labor Government, led by Kevin Rudd.

What do you think about what Kevin Rudd had to say? How would you like to see the policy for refugees addressed in Australia?

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  1. I firmly believe that Australia is becoming as bad as the countries that these refugees are fleeing from. While this attitude prevails, I cannot hold my head high (as I once did) and say, with pride “I am Australian”. No doubt, arguments are being made that this is necessary to “stop the boats”. Effectively, the boats have been stopped. This is simply something that has been cobbled together to both pander to the xenophobes (Hanson and co. included) and to find a way to get rid of the embarrassment of not knowing what to do with these genuine refugees.
    Shame Australia, SHAME!

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    • I agree. We are losing all humanitarianism. We can only see others as rivals for what we have when there is enough room for all. We listen to the Hansons and Trumps and believe them instead of thinking for ourselves and believe every distortion and lie that they tell us. People need to look at history and see how Hitler got into power by using the same tactics This country has, for the last 200 years at least, always had refugees of one description or another come here to make a life for themselves. Each one adding to the diversity that makes us Australian and a strong thriving community.

    • Well said,Jeffrey Passlow…..Shame……

  2. It’s all well & good for those who can wear their heart on the sleeve, but with private sector debt running at 123% of GDP, people are in deep water.
    They ignore house prices. Rentals, competition for jobs, how their kids will survive on the lower end of incomes & the continuous cuts to assistance. “We’ll just tell them to tighten their belts” is the catch cry.
    The real general consensus of the people, in regards to refugees, is that neither party appears capable of a smooth transition of 1000’s of additional destitute people into this country, without drowning the ones we already have.

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    • Absolutely agree. So why doesn’t Malcolm Turnbull accept the NZ offer to take those refugees in Naru? Malcolm Turnbull has again rejected an offer from New Zealand to take 150 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centres saying: “Settlement in a country like New Zealand would be used by the people smugglers as a marketing opportunity.” NZ took the Tampa refugees in 2001 and they are settled in NZ but it did not have the desired effect of halting the flow of refugees by boat.

  3. I believe that the current law change is wrong and Refugees are in the “Too hard Basket” at the moment.It seems to me though that no labor government has come forward with a workable policy ,and certainly in any Rudd led government.

  4. Why is it that past PM have to get involved in the running of the country that they caused the problems we now face. The current government is doing a crap job at the moment and you don’t have to be Einstien to see that, but the alternate would be even worse as the unions run Victoria and not far from running the country. Regarding Rudd he caused most of the problems we inherited and in my opinion this is just sour grapes about the job he didn’t get support on and thank God for that. If we don’t stop all the refugees from just coming here willy nilly we have massive problems which have already started with them unable to accept our way of life and our values and never will, so we have two alternatives either submit to their ways or stop them from infiltrating into our country. I would prefer the latter.

  5. Why is it that past PM have to get involved in the running of the country that they caused the problems we now face. The current government is doing a crap job at the moment and you don’t have to be Einstien to see that, but the alternate would be even worse as the unions run Victoria and not far from running the country. Regarding Rudd he caused most of the problems we inherited and in my opinion this is just sour grapes about the job he didn’t get support on and thank God for that. If we don’t stop all the refugees from just coming here willy nilly we have massive problems which have already started with them unable to accept our way of life and our values and never will, so we have two alternatives either submit to their ways or stop them from infiltrating into our country. I would prefer the latter.

  6. Ruddie, please just disappear and leave this problem (that you instigated) in the hands of honest and astute pollies.
    You and Whitlam are on an equal footing as THE worst PMs this country has ever endured.

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    • You would have to include Julia (there’s more chance of me playing full forward for the dogs than a change in Labor’s leadership) Gillard in the title for worst PM.

    • True, Guy!

      Whitlam got rid of National Service.

      Australia’s gone down the gurggler ever since!

      Crime’s increased, as young blokes are bored!
      TWO YEARS’ in the ADF would easily relieve them of that!

      There’s no respect in people anymore, they attack strangers’ & kill them, for no reason.
      That’s called anarchy, & there’s not enough Police to deal with it.
      There’re times’ when this Country should call out our Defence Force, to just plain DEFEND it!

      They don’t dress, or speak respectively.
      Don’t obey the laws’ of this country.
      Steal, without a second thought.
      Get drunk, & still get into a car.

      And the idiot judiciary just give them ‘slaps on the wrist’.

      Some criminals’ need a good flogging.
      Young criminals should be put into stocks’ for some time!

      Then we’ve got the imported, & local, fanatics’ wanting to run around, & behead people, just for the hell of it.

      We need pollies’ with balls, to stop all the bad doings’.

      ‘Poor fellow, my Country’………….

  7. I agree with the Turnbull government, we have plebiscites we have referendums easy solution , let the people decide , open the poling booths , after all you lot are supposed to govern for us not against us, open the booths let the public have their say ,

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  8. If this rat Rudd hadn’t allowed so many boat people into this country we wouldn’t be in this situation. Bugger off & keep out of politics K Rudd. Your voice is not needed here

  9. QUOTE ” IT’S IN THEIR ” DOMESTIC POLITICAL INTEREST ” TO DO SO ……..What are we ? Chopped liver ..!! Kevin pull your head in mate your so far out of touch with us ….that’s us …the ” DOMESTIC INTEREST ” the general public ….the bloody tax payer’s !!……you have and did not have a Clue what the G.P. of this country expected of you …its was always ” KEV’S WAY ” or the highway !! so shut up …and let this Government get on with Doing the ” Business ” we expect of them …shutting the door on NONE GENUINE …asylum seeking Refugees ….and managing the REAL budget !!

  10. Rudd go away , you bugged things up how can you have the hide to comment hang your head in shame oh I know it’s about ego , self interest

  11. I agree with Jeffrey Passlow and I am not only surprised, but also shocked, at the number of comments dealing with previous governments. Let’s forget who was or wasn’t a good Prime Minister in the past. Let’s focus on the current problems without playing the blame-game. We are all citizens of the planet and we should be working together to help others less fortunate.

  12. Piss off, krudd!
    Nobody’s interested in you, or what you’ve got to say!

    You’d your ‘time in the sun’, & you effed up this Country so badly, that’ll take DECADES’ to recover.
    Typical Laborite who left others’ to clean up your vile mess!

    Go away, & stay away, PERMANENTLY…………..

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