Tim Blair


New Criterion



Friday, September 27, 2002

Phil fearlessly follows this pitiful excuse for a criticism of the Government's refugee policy on this afternoons' repeat of Late Night Live.

His minders had served up two old lefties, together with that lovely Professor John Yu, who is all compassion but doesn't have a clue. Phil probably thought he was in for an truly disgusting stroking session. It was not to be.

Phil kept struggling to get ex-Professors Helen Hughes and James Jupp to endorse his prejudices. They both know what they're talking about, and wouldn't have a bar of it.

The two have some differences. Jupp opposes mandatory detention, but would replace it with an ID card for all Australians. Otherwise, his policy wouldn't work. Splutter, snuffle, crap all over the microphone, time for an urgent interruption from the Chair.

Hughes, daughter of Jewish refugees, can't see too much wrong with the Government's policy

Neither of them will endorse Phil's "Australia as the rat's arse of the universe" doctrine. No return to
White Australia, rabid racists so few they must find it hard to breed.

Phil's Lugubrious flattery did not work, interruptions were wearing the poor old slob out.

Wait for the transcript in a day or so. If I remember I'll post some extracts.

Update Monday September 30th. No transcript. Sources:
"From White Australia to Woomera: The Story of Australian Immigration" Dr James Jupp
"Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers: A Global View" Professor Helen Hughes