Scott Morrison sheds crocodile tears for stranded Aussies

In the ultimate insult, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked the 40,000-plus Australians stranded overseas for their sacrifice:

In a video message to an awards ceremony held by a global network for Australian expats, Advance.org, Mr Morrison said they had carried a “very heavy burden” over the past year and a half.

“I know for Australians overseas, it has been a very difficult and frustrating time,” he said.

“It’s tough, living through a pandemic, and being separated from your family, and that’s brought its own heartbreak.

“Life’s moments missed that you will never get back. Zoom can’t do justice to these moments”…

“I also want you to know that these strong border controls though have been instrumental in saving over 30,000 lives here in Australia. Because on a per capita basis, that’s the lives that would have been lost if our death rate was just the same as the average of OECD nations,” he said.

“Your sacrifices have made that happen. You have saved lives by enduring and going through those difficulties.

“So thank you, I do appreciate it. And your fellow Australians do also.”

Many of these abandoned Australians have been unable to return due to hard caps on quarantine places as well as the extortionate cost and lack of availability of flights.

Those citizens that have made it home have been slugged $10,000 each for flights as well as $3,000 for their quarantine stays.

Even Australia’s former Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer, labelled the treatment of abandoned Australians an “outrage” and backed their claims to the UNHCR that the Morrison Government has violated its convention that “no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his own country”.

To add insult to injury, while Aussies have been stranded abroad, the federal government has:

  • Facilitated the entry of thousands of migrant fruit pickers, with their quarantine costs subsidised by Australian taxpayers;
  • Granted entry to nearly 15,000 foreign millionaires under the controversial business innovation and investment visa schemes; and
  • The federal government’s skilled migration committee recommend “the Government reserve places on flights and in quarantine for skilled migrants”.

The Morrison Government could have chartered flights whenever it wanted to bring Australians home. After all, there are oodles of idle airplanes parked near Alice Springs:

Alice Springs plane graveyard

There are dozens of planes parked near Alice Springs.

Instead, it chose to let Aussies rot overseas unable to return home due to quarantine/flight caps and exorbitant costs.

The fact that the Morrison Government has also prioritised temporary visa holders over actual Australian citizens desperate to return home is an outright disgrace and shows the corruption flowing through it.

It abandoned its most sacred duty to look after the welfare of Australians.

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  1. The BystanderMEMBER

    Don’t forget letting Ed Sheeran in to turn up to the funeral of some music producer most Australians have never heard of – rules for thee and not for me (because I earn lots of monee)

  2. Given the election fervour in the air, how far has the new party formation got? As Gough said, It’s Time! Goodness me, even the New Liberals are up and running.

  3. darklydrawlMEMBER

    Those citizens stuck overseas should stop complaining, man up and volunteer to pick fruit. Too darn lazy the lot of them. No wonder the Grubbermint is pushing them back. Too many leaners by the look of it!

  4. Double Vaxxed Superspreader

    Just another reason along with treating unvaccinated people worse than black people under apartheid to undermine and white ant this country every opportunity you can get.

  5. “Your sacrifices have made that happen. You have saved lives by enduring and going through those difficulties.

    “So thank you, I do appreciate it. And your fellow Australians do also.”

    I’ve never wanted to punch someone in the face more than after reading that.

  6. “I know for Australians overseas, it has been a very difficult and frustrating time,” he smirked. “Have you thought of telling somebody who cares? It’s tough, living through a pandemic, and being separated from your family, and knowing that any cashed-up grifter or 15-minute celebrity can get in ahead of you. But you just have suck it up.”

    “Life’s moments missed, that you will never get back. Zoom can’t do justice to these moments, which is why I jetted back to Sydney for the weekend, so Jenny and the girls could fawn all over me. ROFL!”

  7. I’ve learned a lot from every contributor to MB over the time I have been a member and I thank you all very much for that and the impression I form is that a significant majority of contributors despise the current Government. However, the feeling I also get is that the average Australian citizen is not necessarily of that same view, given that they are not experiencing “being stranded overseas”, or everything else that is highlighted as factually incoherent by MB of the Government .
    As such, I dare say that the majority of Australians support the government and will still vote for them. The alternative of Labour presents a similarly flawed outcome. In my opinion, the only option is to vote Independent, with Labor / LNP last. That’s the message that needs to be communicated far and wide and there are some great Independent candidates who sincerely want to challenge and are challenging the status quo.
    Once the lifetime bludge of Parliamentary Pensions and other privileges is threatened for removal from these LNP / Labor sycophants by being ousted, maybe then they may change their tune. Otherwise they will get a huge paycheck for doing absolutely nothing to help the average citizens of Australia…https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/Publications_Archive/archive/Super

    • WhatcouldgowrongMEMBER

      A vote for independents may not be effective in and of itself but it’s a protest vote, essentially saying that neither of the major parties can offer you anything. They will see this in the polling results.

      • Yep and if your independent candidate can get a share of electoral funding with 1st preference. Although in most seats/cases its about denying the funding to the major parties.

    • Frank DrebinMEMBER

      Spot on.

      The overwhelming majority of Aussies, and a fair chunk of MB contributors, could care less about those stranded overseas.

      It’s one of the most shameful episodes in our recent history albeit a timely reflection of who we now are as a country.

    • The fact that you think that Labor presents a flawed outcome is a symptom of the disease. Namely the concentration of media in pro-LNP interests. Labor tried taking genuinely good policies to the election in 2019 and the MSM lied about policy and shilled for the LNP. So now we have Liberal Lite, albeit without the violation of desks, prayer rooms and all the corruption and incompetence. If people understood how the media is a protection racket for the LNP then they’d understand how they’re being played.

      Labor isn’t perfect and has a bunch of blind spots (immigration being one of them), but they’re a while lot better than the Liberals. Vote independent if you want to, just put the LNP last in the paper.

  8. he Morrison Government could have chartered flights whenever it wanted to bring Australians home. After all, there are oodles of idle airplanes parked near Alice Springs:

    They also managed to get a lot of people out of Kabul pretty quickly.

  9. I wonder how many of the Australians overseas are Australian born or just dual citizens. They hand out citizenships like its confetti so would be better to really understand how many want to come “home”.

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