Headline v Substance

July 14th, 2010 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post has a headline and lead para of:

PM still backs Aussie plan of asylum seeker centre

Prime Minister is still backing a proposed international detention centre for asylum seekers, despite Australian plans to base it in East Timor being in tatters.

Wow that sounds like the PM has come out strongly in favour of it, even after East Timor said “not here”. So what exactly did  he say:

A spokesman for Mr Key, who was sounded out about the plan in a 10-minute phone call from Ms Gillard while on an official trip to Asia, said he would continue discussions despite the East Timor vote.

“As we said last week, we are happy to have discussions with the Australians on the idea of a regional processing centre, but Mr Key has not spoken further with on this issue.”

So in fact he said well nothing at all. His spokesperson merely said his position remains he is happy to have discussions, but in fact none have occurred since the initial call.

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5 Responses to “Headline v Substance”

  1. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Would have been polite of the Ginga PM to actually ASK East Timor before making her announcment you’d think.

    Maybe shes under the impression that they own the place.

    And apprently when she does it its a good thing to put refugees on islands but when John Howard did it it was EBIL EEEEEEEEBIL.

    Hypocracy much?

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  2. ben (2,396 comments) says:

    That’s down there with Bethune being a war hero. Thanks MSM. This is part of why you’re on the way to becoming an irrelevance.

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  3. TripeWryter (715 comments) says:

    Ben:

    It seems at least that Susan Wood and Larry Williams of ZB have gone off Bethune.

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  4. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    On the way? They’re already having their mail forwarded to Apartment 7, Irrelevance Towers, 23 Irrelevance Ave, Irrelevanceville.

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  5. backster (2,077 comments) says:

    Well Nauru is already set up and ready to go, have a now skilled workforce, the government is willing, and it would help their economy. We could also send out by direct flight the ones that arrive here by air.

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