There was plenty wrong with Senator Anning’s speech and policies – plenty; but Nazism wasn’t one of them. If the media & political classes had stuck to the facts and dealt with what was unworkable and unpopular their commentary would have been less hysterical and more credible. But when one of their own made the outrageous comparison of Australia’s offshore detention policies to Nazi concentration camps, all of a sudden the progressive liberals were once again capable of nuance and appreciation of context and intent. Father Bob Maguire, a loveable octogenarian known for a larrikin defiance of authority, caring for homeless youth and advocacy of left-wing politics, casually tweeted his thoughts that haunting photos of the Nazi’s concentration camp at Auschwitz reminded him of tweeted photos of transferees on Manus Island. The fact of this flippant comparison is that it is profoundly ignorant of the liberty and choices afforded transferees, bar residency in Australia. Photos taken through fences conveniently exclude a wide open gate just out of frame. Transferees are free to come and go as they please on the tropical island, getting local employment, going to local schools and shops, even marrying locals. 71 of them recently declined an invitation to live without welfare in the United States. I replied to Bob’s tweet with photos of Auschwitz prisoners contrasted with photos transferees had famously taken of themselves frolicking on the idyllic beaches of Manus Island.
Really? pic.twitter.com/kda8ROfIOY— Dave Pellowe ?? (@DavePellowe) December 29, 2018
Standing with Comrade in Alms @FatherBob What we have done on #Manus does not necessarily lead to the #Holocaust but it is a necessary step on the path to that particular hell. Full comment here: https://t.co/eV8h0LntFN #Auspol @chriskkenny @AlexanderDowner pic.twitter.com/mj0wL7bj1w— Fr Rod Bower (@FrBower) December 31, 2018