During the reign of the eeeevil HoWARd regime a asylum seeker vessel the SIEV X (suspected illegal entry vessel 10) foundered in international/Indonesian waters with great loss of life.
Refugee advocates and Labour pollies were in arms about it for years, school “learning projects”, etc. Culminating in a shocking book accusing the Australian government of deliberately sinking the vessel (which won awards from state governments), and the territory government of Canberra erecting their own memorial (covered by legislation in the territory parliament) on the shores of lake Burley Griffin.
Acres of print and hours of angst all aimed at demonizing the Howard government. Id hate to accuse those involved of politically motivated moral grandstanding… much.
Heres the results for the search SIEV X memorial
Fast forward to a few months back and the wrecking of SIEV 221 on the coast of Christmas island with subsequent loss of life. I thought Id have a google for a memorial…
Nothing.. lots on the disaster, nothing on a memorial (unless its well hidden)
Is it too much to ask lefties to be a little less selective in their moral outrage?