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Last updated on July 16th, 2017 at 12:55 pm
“Lest we forget,” writes Traceeee Hutchison, of the Tampa matter. And she evidently has, according to reader Jack, who emails:
• She leaves out that the good captain had wanted to take them to an Indonesian port, but they threatened to kill themselves, and;
• That though they were Afghans they were fleeing Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan, as well as Afghanistan. Also:
• The Tampa did not sail to Nauru;
• and I have never seen Tampa used as a verb or adjective.
As well, John Howard’s statement (“we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come”) was made during the campaign, not in his acceptance speech, and presumably won some sort of endorsement from voters.