Friday Flashback: Prime Minister declares war

The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott’s recent comments regarding asylum seekers have an odd feel about them. Before the election Abbott and his MPs stood before billboards shouting about boats, arrivals, and refugees, post-election these exact same issues have become a matter of secrecy, hidden under the cover of “operational matters” (in others words: You, the public, don’t need to know what We, the government, are doing in Your name).

Now, it seems our Prime Minister wants to be a war prime minister – always good for a bounce in the polls – with this statement to Channel 10 by Tony Abbott:

In the end we are in a fierce contest with these people smugglers and if we were at war we wouldn’t be giving out information that is of use to the enemy just because we might have an idle curiosity about it ourselves.
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Todays flashback is to Prime Minister Menzies…

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