19010Re: Here's the basis for a united front: REFUGEE GROUPS CALL FOR LAURIE FERGUSON
- Jun 21, 2005
> --- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "bobgould987"According to Ferguson, just one MP was involved in the ``spirited
> <bobgould987@y...> wrote:
> > The DSP, Norm Dixon and the united front
> > Within a short space of time today there was a spirited revolt against
> > Ferguson in the Labor federal caucus, and by tonight Kim Beazley was
> > asserting forcefully that Ferguson had changed his view.
> > One might have thought that Norm would celebrate this day of modest
> > agitation, which forced a retreat on Ferguson and demonstrated the
> > lively character of the current in the Labor Party and the unions in
> > support of refugees.
revolt against Ferguson in the Labor federal caucas'', and the awful
Laurie Ferguson continues to spout off despite Beazley's ``forceful
assertion'' that Fergo has changed his tune. I'm on plenty of lists,
but I've seen little evidence that L4R has spread Rintoul's press
release far and wide. It was forwarded ``FYI'' without comment on the
L4R list, as were transcripts of Fergusons hate speech against Qasim.
Of course, I'm quite happy to be proven wrong. I want there to be a
``lively current inside the ALP'' fighting for refugees' rights and
for a more left-wing policy, and for it to work with the left outside,
dare I say in a united front. I just don't see much evidence of it.
So Bob, are exaggerating the response to Ferguson inside the ALP?
Please give us more information to back up your own ``forceful
assertions''. Please prove me wrong.
Here's some more from the ``rebuked'' Fergo
Doubts about Qasim
Date: June 22 2005
By Michelle Grattan
Labor's controversial immigration spokesman Laurie Ferguson said last
night he doubted that Peter Qasim, Australia's longest-term detainee
who is about to be released, had been fully co-operative.
This comment will be seen as provocative after earlier remarks
embarrassed his leader.
Kim Beazley reprimanded Mr Ferguson yesterday for saying it would be
a worrying precedent for most Australians if people could be defined as
stateless if they refused to clarify who they were and where they came
Mr Beazley is under pressure to move Mr Ferguson, who is widely
criticised in the party.
Mr Beazley told Mr Ferguson as they entered the caucus meeting that
he should not have criticised the release of Mr Qasim. Mr Ferguson said
he had not done that but was making a wider point about statelessness.
Mr Ferguson and the Government do not regard Mr Qasim as stateless.
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