Free the boats. Stop the planes


The ALP sure has learned how to be the LNP:

The Albanese government has failed in its bid to rush emergency removal powers for non-citizens through the parliament, with the Senate rejecting their urgency and referring the laws to a parliamentary inquiry for scrutiny.

The inquiry won’t report until May 7, meaning the earliest Labor could pass the Migration Amendment (Removal and Other Measures) Bill will be the week of the budget on May 14.

Coalition senators on Tuesday night attempted to establish if there was any urgency in driving the bill through parliament but Department of Home Affairs secretary Stephanie Foster and her colleagues refused to answer.

Both parties are now engaged in a bidding war of refugee bashing in a classic John Howard “bait and switch” that makes them appear tough on borders while, in reality, tearing them down.

700k people will enter Australia this year by plane – smashing wages, dehousing youth, and crush-loading every public service – to zero debate.

Meanwhile, a handful of refugees might be released from prison or risk becoming crocodile food on a remote Kimberly beach and will hog headlines for weeks on end.


There is no denying it anymore. The Australian political economy is certifiably insane.

About the author
David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal. He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.