From the Hood : Mateship

A boat person, apparently.
A boat person, apparently.

A List of Thing Mates Don’t Let Mates Do, Based on a Google Search and/or the Fact Asylum Seekers are Human Beings
For the information of anyone who finds New Zealand’s offer to rescue people from Australia’s Manus Island camp crisis lacking in comradeship.

Mates don’t let mates drink drive.

Mates don’t let mates just decide people fleeing persecution shouldn’t be accepted as refugees based on some idea about ‘queue jumping that’s exactly the opposite of what the actual rules say.

Mates don’t let mates drive tired.

Mates don’t let mates enact a plan for discouraging refugee arrivals that’s based on making themselves more monstorous than whatever it is the refugees are fleeing.

Mates don’t let mates be dickheads when out and about.

Mates don’t let mates use the ridiculous amounts of money they spend on that awful plan to claim some kind of moral high ground.

Mates don’t let mates drive stoned.

Mates don’t let mates crack down on any public information about their campaign to stop refugees arriving in boats. Mates also don’t assume the subsquent lack of information makes it means the boat-stopping is working well and doesn’t involve cruelty, negligence, or corruption when all the evidence that does come out anyway points to the contrary.

Mates don’t let mates eat sad desk lunches.

Mates don’t let mates induce a humanitarian emergency because they had no end game for their avoidance of their international obligations.

Mates don’t let mates skip leg day.

Mates don’t let mates ignore and lie about the humanitarian emergency they just induced because they had no end game for their avoidance of their international obligations.

Mates don’t let mates take selfies “like these”.

Mates don’t let mates make mates choose between an alleged moral hazard related to encouraging boat arrivals and an extremely real moral hazard about encouraging an allegedly first world country to run concentration camps.

Mates don’t let mates get bad haircuts.

Mates don’t get to talk about moral hazards when they literally gave people smugglers money to go turn around.

Mates don’t let mates abuse women and children.

Mates don’t let mates demand their mates not help people they’ve locked up then abandonded because they expect their mates to help enforce some illegal rules they made up about who gets help.

Mates don’t let mates rape.

Mates don’t let mates get into a position where their closest ally offering to do something good is an insult to everything they stand for.