Seriously, it doesn’t get any dumber than that.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott would pay Indonesians for unseaworthy boats to stop them from ending up with people-smugglers, as part of a plan unveiled today.Â
Abbott declined to comment on whether he had spoken to the Indonesian government about his plans, which were ridiculed as “crazy” and “bizarre” by the ruling Labor party.
The Indo’s have millions of fishing boats. They will make them out of papmache’ when they realise Australia pays for them.
AbbottsÂ regional deterrence framework includes $67 million support for joint operations in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
Mr Abbott would not say exactly how much would be allocated to buying back boats or put a figure on how much would be spent on each boat.
The amount dedicated to the buy-back scheme, which will be capped at an undisclosed amount, is part of another $20 million project. And you thought the Labor clowns were bad.
Immigration Minister Tony Burke rejected Abbott’s latest plans as “simply crazy policy” that would only benefit the Indonesian shipbuilding industry.
“Of all the mad ideas I’ve heard in immigration, I think boat buy-back wins,” he said, adding that Indonesia had one of the largest fishing fleets in the world.