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PM attempts to rescue his sinking boat with a sea of fear

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13.02.2019

Scott Morrison is attempting to create some electoral victory from the jaws of his historic parliamentary defeat by launching a scare campaign being headlined as “Blame Shorten for boats”.

Clearly, if any boats do arrive between now and the May election, the Prime Minister will make absolutely sure Labor leader Bill Shorten wears it.

Asylum seekers perished in their attempt to land on Christmas Island. Now Prime Minister Scott Morrison is reopening the detention centre on the island. Credit:Channel Nine News

However, I suspect border security is no longer the issue Morrison would want it to be, with yet another scare campaign on this issue adding to the mounting perception that he and his government are off the pace, increasingly out of touch with mounting electoral sentiment.

To run this scare campaign he will have to be totally dishonest – to totally ignore the facts of the amended legislation that was passed, and to ignore the clear messages of recent byelections, that while voters are happy to have had our borders secured, they have become increasingly concerned by the rampant inhumanity of offshore detention, and the government’s failure to deliver an effective resettlement strategy. It still opposes the New Zealand resettlement offer.

The legislation as amended, primarily following Shorten’s security briefing, hardly opens the door to the people smugglers, or for a fresh wave of boats arrivals. The focus of the legislation is to provide appropriate........

© The Sydney Morning Herald