Add Malaysia to the list

Whether or not you think the High Court is acting like a bunch of activist do-gooders or whether they’re just actually doing their job of interpreting the law, it’s fair to argue this government is a mess.

But of course, the defunct asylum seeker deal with Malaysia – well, partially defunct since we are still obligated to take “their” 4000 šŸ™„ – is just one more increasingly (jeez, what’s the word?) b.i.g. stuff up for a government that couldn’t get things wronger if they tried their little ideologue hearts out.

Previously, we had this list, reprinted below.

  • Grocery Watch: useless
  • Fuel Watch: useless
  • The failed bank reforms
  • The hatchet job summit of our best and brightest
  • Cash for clunkers: useless and severely impacted the used car market
  • Only 38 out of a promised 260 childcare centres built
  • A mere 70 out of a promised 2650 trades training centres opened
  • Just 11 out of a promised 64 GP super clinics built (with inadequate after hours services)
  • Free computers in schools that parents are now charged for ($1.4 billion over budget, too)
  • The $16 billion BER that delivered so many essentially useless and/or substandard buildings
  • The $50 billion of money we don’t have to fund an NBN we neither want nor need
  • The pink batts debacle in which four people lost their lives and which has ruined an industry
  • All those asylum seeker boats – more than 200 dead
  • The failed detention centres in East Timor and Manus Island… and the perfectly good yet closed one on Nauru
  • The likely-to-fail and dubious refugee swap “deal” with Malaysia
  • A foreign minister not allowed to do his job
  • Attacking our biggest industry: driving mining investments offshore due to proposed over taxation and over regulation whilst being in bed with the Greens who want our $50 billion per year coal industry – our largest exporter – gone
  • In bed with “Independent” MP Tony Windsor who just sold his farm to the Chinese (he’s sold a farm to a mining company before, too), then bought three more – prime grazing land – that just happen to have various exploration licenses on them (he claims he didn’t know)
  • That painful and ridiculous Murray River Basin Scheme that was to take desperately needed water from our farmers and then literally flush it away (until the rains came and blew the global warmists’ dud unending drought scare campaign out of the water)
  • A $20 billion budget surplus turned into a $150 billion budget deficit in just four years
  • That useless carbon tax that she promised she wouldn’t introduce that won’t do a damn thing to the world’s temperature but will, even at its artificially low starting price, cost families $2000 per year, make 90% of them dependent on welfare, and possibly shut down our biggest power station
  • The $90 million given to Tim Flannery’s dud company with a plunging share price to match (not to mention the extra $720,000 he’s receiving to promote her carbon tax grab)
  • And just this week, the destruction of an entire industry – live cattle exports – essentially by decree, a cruel 24 hours before many head of cattle were to be shipped off, and based on five-year-old footage that the ABC may have been sitting on since January


Malaysia. Well, kinda. It’s on that list, ‘cept now it’s official. In fact, “dubious” is hardly the right adjective to describe it these days.

Anyway, if you really want a bona fide +1, how about the following?

Greg Sheridan makes a compelling argument highlighting the largely unreported woes of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

It’s grossly understaffed, poorly financed, and in many cases not even utilised as both Labor’s Rudd and Gillard have repeatedly made policy announcement on the fly, almost as if they’re trying to rule by decree rather to go through the proper procedures.

Bad process leading to bad policy has characterised the entire life of the Labor government and it is demonstrated in a remarkable US diplomatic cable revealed by WikiLeaks. On June 10, 2008, the acting US ambassador in Canberra, Dan Clune, sent a cable to the State Department trying to explain then prime minister Kevin Rudd’s initiative, announced in Japan, to form an international commission to advance nuclear disarmament. Amid the many sexy revelations in WikiLeaks, this cable has not got the attention it deserves. Its most serious revelation is that the US was not consulted, or even warned, until after Rudd had made the speech announcing the commission. That is an astonishing way to treat our closest ally and, as Clune comments, it made the achievement of the commission’s objective far more difficult.

The cable also reveals the Rudd government made strenuous efforts to get the Japanese to co-announce the move and they refused. Instead of taking more time to prepare it properly, Rudd was determined to use the “catalytic moment” of visiting Hiroshima to make the announcement. This seems to be a characteristic episode of a determination to dominate the 24-hour media cycle triumphing over the proper preparation and process that would be most likely to yield effective policy.

But in terms of DFAT, perhaps the worst revelation in Clune’s cable is this: “No one in the Prime Minister’s office had consulted the (Arms Control and Counter Proliferation) Branch (of DFAT) in advance.”

That info was gleaned from the #1 bunch the MSM love to hate – Wikileaks.

It’ll be interesting one day if or when we get to read the cables commenting on Gillard’s Malaysia brain-fart.

What’s the bet DFAT was effectively kept out of Labor’s loopy loop on that one, too?

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