Memory, Forgetting and Power…

The Australian Independent Media Network

Milan Kundera — ‘The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting’

I’ve heard a number of times recently that Labor is responsible for over 1200 deaths at sea, and that one man’s death in a detention camp pales into insignificance beside all those. But one man won’t have a bar of this argument, and that’s John Howard. In fact, he finds drawing a link between drownings and government policy “contemptible” I’m surprised that he hasn’t spoken up in the past few weeks. Perhaps, he has, but like the March In March, the Murdoch press are chosing to ignore it.

Anyway, here’s what he had to say about the sinking of the SIEV X in 2001.

ABC Wednesday, 24 October, 2001 

JOHN HOWARD: Well I didn’t do that. Mr Beazley was the person who first drew a link between our policy and those tragic deaths. If he had…

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