As you read this, the Morrison government is sacrificing both its encryption bill and the rest of its legitimacy to stop a vote to get sick children off Nauru.
There’s a question that I find myself frequently asking as the weeks fall off the calendar. What the fuck are we doing?
As you read this, the LNP is split over two issues, either supporting their encryption bill (which is a question of national security), or stopping the evacuation of refugees off Nauru (which is also a question of national security). The encryption bill was pitched as a method to keep the terrorists out, but the Morrison Government is stopping the evacuation of children off Nauru in an equal tone, equating the critically ill seeking medical attention as a similar question of national security.
— Sophie McNeill (@Sophiemcneill) December 6, 2018
The logic behind it makes sense in a Morrison way. If we let these people in, the boats will come back. A broken chainlink fence is the finger in the dyke. Today is an exercise in hubris and apathy in equal measure. If he buckles, the trinket on his desk will become useless, and much face will be lost, so the Liberals are willing to torpedo one bill to stop the other. Or, as journalist Amy Remeikis put it:
It’s encryption vs medical evacuations in the Parliament right now. The government is trying to run down the clock to 4.30 to avoid losing a legislative vote. In doing so, it sacrifices the encryption legislation from passing.
— Amy Remeikis (@AmyRemeikis) December 6, 2018
The government’s dithering to the 4:30 deadline is obvious, as they’ve stooped to filibuster, literally talking until the time elapses. Again, inaction is the preferred course. Cold-blooded knowing cowardice the motivator. According to Buzzfeed’s Alice Workman, the apathy is clear, their motions deliberate.
This is just a farce.
Senators are physically and verbally filibustering by walking across the chamber slowly and moving absurd points of order.
— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) December 6, 2018
Put very simply, they’re marking time, proposing nonsense amendments, all in an effort to not make a decision, to not answer to a bill that will certainly be lost, and thusly, evacuate the children from Nauru.
Amendments to get #kidsoffnauru passed by Senate 32-30. Govt now desperately moving unrelated amendments and various other stunts to delay vote and avoid defeat in the House of Reps.
— Senator Murray Watt (@MurrayWatt) December 6, 2018
According to The Conversation, the way we view our democracy is at a historic low.
Today is why. Apathy has replaced empathy. Jingoism has replaced logic. Politicians are saving themselves, not serving the populace. Their split has mirrored our own, as a result, we’ve become more split, more fraught, and fundamentally, less us.
We might be many things, but we’re not this. We’ve made mistakes, and we’ve done ill. But the level of avarice, of hate, of corruption is historic, and it seems to be a series of new lows punctuated with new lows. Each week we seemingly crash through the floor, discovering that the bottom doesn’t exist. Whatever happens at 4:30, the damage is truly done. The official face of Australia is an ugly one, and our body of government is motivated by the assumption that it’s easier to keep being this instead of changing course.
— Fr Rod Bower (@FrBower) December 6, 2018