Morrison’s prison island vs Frydenberg’s migrant hell

PM Morrison declared Australia shut for good over the weekend as he launched his prison island election bid. He said:

  • There’s no appetite for open borders.
  • The pandemic is here to stay.
  • US and Europe are riddled with virus and can’t get rid of it.
  • Vaccines are coming but they don’t prevent transmission so we’ll stay shut.

Given this flies in the face of everything that Morrison has ever said and done, it should leave us in no doubt what Coalition internal party polling is telling him:

  • He’s on track to lose the election after Vaccinegate and Rapegate.
  • He needs something to radically shift the agenda on both.

And now we know what it will be: the Australian prison island. According to Morrison, the prison island economy will block external travel to guarantee local savings are spent here. By the looks of the budget giveaways, it will also rely heavily upon forever MMT.

Yet, this morning, Morrison’s prison island has already disappeared as Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced that Australian borders will reopen as soon as possible and immediately resume the population ponzi:

  • Migration will be restored effectively unchanged from pre-COVID levels in 2022.
  • Despite the vaccine collapse, budget assumptions for a border reopening have only been pushed back “several months” from MYEFO.
  • PM Morrison on Sunday declared his Saturday prison island over!

We all know how the migrant hellhole economy works. Smashed wages plus crush loading kill productivity while rising house prices increase inequality as demand deficit takes over.

So, what’s going on and where are we actually going? Morrison’s prison island is more rhetorical gambit than an actual plan, as he aims to rebrand his blunders as national interest policy and capture some of the runaway state leader popularity:

  • Vaccine rollout collapse rebranded as psuedo-science and lies.
  • Foreign and strategic policy foot-in-mouth disease rebranded as trade diversification.
  • Failure to manage the states and reopen borders rebranded as strong border management.
  • Failure to uphold basic human standards in the parliament rebranded as progressive social policy.
  • Collapsed tourism owing to the failure to centralise quarantine rebranded as an endless boom.

Reopening borders ASAP to crush wages is much more like the Morrison Government’s DNA so that is the real plan.

In the meantime expect to see all kinds of attempts to cover over this exceedingly unpopular truth.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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Comments

  1. He’ll pull the John Howard trick…ie bloviate endlessly about strong borders and “we decide who comes here”, while at the same time doing exactly the opposite, and allow millions of third world trolley collectors to invade us.

      • Given the countries in which Australia takes most of its immigrants from these days are saturated with new and virulent strains of COVID, I don’t think a risk averse, poll driven mediocrity like Morrison is going to open the borders before the election.

        Frydenburg is the Treasury’s current pet and he’s obviously been sent out to spruik the Big Australia line, but the not so bold Scotty has to worry about optics and the last thing he wants is a major outbreak in Sydney or Melbourne this winter because the vaccine stuff ups are on him.

    • Deja Vu plan.MEMBER

      Treasury has the real plan and the model. There is no economic model conceivable except immigration and low wages. Back to the previous high level. The rest is just spin.

  2. darklydrawlMEMBER

    Not to mention the whole aged care debacle as well… What a bunch of grifters and spivs.

  3. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    frydenscum just letting his eastern suburbs mates know nows the time to gear up for the ponzi

    also, where are these slaves gunna come from, India alone? have they found a new sources of slaves yet?

  4. “Failure to manage the states and reopen borders rebranded as strong border management.”

    Yeah, I don’t think it would have mattered who was in federal govt, ‘managing the states’ in period where all but mostly NSW where basking in new found authoritarian power grab was never going to happen. each state govt demonstrated beyond all reasonable doubt the power of pure populist politics.

    • RobotSenseiMEMBER

      Each state also proved surprisingly competent when the task of running federal quarantine was handballed to them.
      I reckon they should be allowed to bask in their populist glory for a little while longer.

  5. “I believe in a generous, sustainable immigration program that reflects the best of who we are, which is an open, tolerant, diverse country.”
    Josh Frydenburg

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Me too.
      But what should the numbers be Josh.
      Give us some figures on what you reckon it should be.
      I reckon the numbers should be at least halved from the last 10 year average.
      What Numbers are Labor and the LNP actually proposing and why are these numbers not discussed or reported by the media.

    • “Generous” is such an easy word for Fraudenberg to throw about when it’s not him who has to make all the sacrifices.

  6. So Smirko is a busted flush and Josh wants to support his m8s in retail/apartments, but what did Dutton say? Any more articles in The Oz today about him being a firm, consistent, clear Leader for the uncertain times we face?

  7. Back when I was a boy, when the Government announced something, the Opposition would oppose. I am wagering that we wont hear a word from the ALP about Frydenbergs announcment

    • Its like Albo has had a stroke and before they let him face the media he must learn to talk again.

    • SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

      Albo and Plibercringe and the rest have both decided to put their “careers” in politics ahead of absolutely anything else by holding onto safe inner city BS seats

  8. The prison island applies to Australian citizens. The welcoming migrant hell is for non-citizens. There is no contradiction.

  9. Meanwhile, the Pfizer vaccine has things under control in Israel and they don’t seem to be overly concerned about variants. It seems prison island misses the point, the vaccine may not stop transmission, but most of the serious illness which was reason for shutdown.

    • Lord DudleyMEMBER

      Just had my second Moderna shot yesterday. 8 hours later, felt fine! 10 hours later… started to feel tired. 11 hours later, felt like total crap, super exhausted. Slept for about 12 hours. Felt mostly better, except for some mild fatigue and slight muscle aches, which completely disappeared over the next 8 hours.

      Totally worth it. 94% effective against the virus, and if you do get it, 100% effective at avoiding hospitalisations/death. If this thing works against variants, the problem is basically solved. And it looks like it does:

      https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/moderna-says-its-covid-vaccine-booster-works-well-against-variants-n1266413

      • Lucky! Moderna would be my pick if I’d the choice. Hopefully some more Pfizer will turn up here eventually.

  10. MathiasMEMBER

    Australias Health Workers are working hard to give Liberals an excuse to bring in more migrants.