Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Laurie Ferguson finds his voice and humanity cringes

The Federal Opposition's spokesman on Immigration, Laurie Ferguson, says the proposed release of long-term detainee Peter Qasim could set a worrying precedent. Mr. Qasim is among 50 people invited to apply for a bridging visa by Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone.
But Labor's immigration spokesman, Laurie Ferguson, says he is not convinced the case sets the right example.
"I would think that up to recently there are issues as to his cooperation. I think it would be a very worrying precedent for people in Australia where we might establish a system where people aren't cooperative, they don't really clarify who they are, where they come from, what their political and religious or political and ethnic backgrounds are."
Not long after Laurie spoke out, Kim Beasley weighed in with this-
"I think you'll find Laurie has revised his position"

In the uncooperative stakes, having to choose between Peter Qasim and Laurie Ferguson, Laurie wins!

9 Comments:

Anonymous Guy said...

Disappointing from Ferguson. Very disappointing.

10:33 am  
Anonymous joe2 said...

Suki,glad you have taken this one on. Spent last night letting my local labor member know how disappointed I am with Ferguson. Indeed,that he should be sacked.

The control of the N.S.Wales right, is such that he would be more likely sent sideways to shadow minister for homeland security.

Presumably,everyone knows, Labor has such an office.

12:09 pm  
Anonymous Troy Rollo said...

The news this morning was that Ferguson has said "I have not revised my opinion". It seems he's talking out of turn now - time, perhaps, for Beazley to dump him.

2:03 pm  
Anonymous joe2 said...

Heard him this morning,like you, troy and he has not changed his spots. My assumption that Laurie is a member of the N.S.W. was incorrect. I have been reliably informed that he is a member of Labor Left faction.

4:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Labor "Left", but the left that votes with the right. Same as Gillard.

Factions don't always correspond with left-right divide as understood in the real world...

5:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't pretend to understand the intricacies of Labor politics as is obvious. Julia Irwin has been attacked in a rather extraordinary/inept way by Ferguson.

I have sent support and love,but thats just me.

6:01 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Update:
Analysing Laurie's position leads us to conclude that he is advocating that being uncooperative (namely Peter Qasim) is punishable by a seven year+ prison sentence.
Wrong!
Laurie also insinuates that to understand his argument a person (namely Julia Irwin) needs to be profound.
Again Wrong!
Laurie is the only one lacking profundity and cooperation with regard to the legal and ethical issues in this scenario.

8:44 pm  
Blogger Jellyfish said...

I cannot BELIEVE he said that. Hello, has the world gone mad? *gnashes teeth*

11:00 am  
Anonymous Dailys said...

Sounds like Ferguson is about to be rolled. Minor changes to shadow ministry have been mooted by Kimbo.

We can only hope!

11:10 am  

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