It’s time for Scott Morrison to play God

As published in Independent Australia

What is one human life worth? What is more important, human life or economics? Scott Morrison and world leaders face these and more dilemmas. They are required to ‘play God’ in matters of life or death.

Morrison has declared Australia has flattened the curve of coronavirus infections, and the time is right to flatten the curve of unemployment.  

This is a misguided analogy. “Back to work” is his new mantra, and with that comes the start of reopening society.

This is good news for millions of Australians, but it begs the question: At what cost of life?

Scott Morrison hits back at UN criticism on refugees

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has hit back at UN criticism of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers

Morrison hits back:
Actual quote: “The most flagrant abuse of human rights I am aware of is the beheading and crucifying of people in Syria and Iraq, where Australia is seeking to relieve the humanitarian crisis.”
Possible response: Small consolation Mr Morrison. We would prefer to be beheaded and put out of our misery, rather than suffer this endless torture. Come on, be humane. Relieve our humanitarian crisis. Decapitate us! That’ll do your party the world of good in the polls. Those polls which are the reason we are here.
Actual quote on record: “My Christian faith remains the driving force for my family, beliefs and values.” 
Possible follow-on reply to detainees: I regret to inform you whingeing pack of heathens that my Christian faith prohibits me from having you decapitated. However, your invitation does have one particularly appealing feature. It would get the UN Committee on Torture off my back for causing you – “serious physical and mental suffering” – as they claim. I can’t be accused of torturing dead people, can I? I’ll have a chat with our party pollsters and see what they think. I’ll let you know how I get on. Regards, Scott.

ABC News: New UN Human Rights chief criticises Australia’s asylum seeker policy ….

See ABC column

SBS News: Morrison hits back at UN criticism of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers

See SBS column