Vanstone should read Bakhtiari files and issue full apology to family
Tuesday December 21 2004 10:00am WST
For Immediate Release
"After this morning's revelations by the Melbourne Age, which lifts the lid off the manipulations and spinlines coming
from the former and current minister of immigration, assisted by the Trial by Media of the Bakhtiari family, Minister
Vanstone should actually start doing her job and read the family's case file."
"Writer Bob Ellis in The Age revealed that the Minister had confirmed she had not actually read the case file of the
family. As Bob Ellis put it:
"Asked yesterday if she had read their file, Amanda Vanstone said she hadn't. Asked if she had seen any evidence that
they were Pakistanis, she said she hadn't. Asked if she'd seen, or anyone had seen, their Pakistani birth certificates,
she agreed there weren't any. She said, however, that they had had a "fair go" - including, apparently, 32 months behind
razor wire - and that fair go was now, sadly, fading to black. She never visited Woomera and, though a lawyer, never
looked at the evidence."
Today Project SafeCom recommends that the minister "eats her shit, reads what she should have read last year, and issues
a full and unreserved apology to the family, the large circle of friends and supporters that surround the family in
South Australia, and the lawyers, that, even while they may have done a stupid job at times, carried a heart of
compassion for the family."
"Once the Minister has read the case file, she sure needs to bring her Christmas present to the family, and needs to
stop the machinery of spin, lies and uninformed slander and vilification this family has been subjected to."
For more information:
Jack H Smit, Project SafeCom Inc. Phone 0417 090 130
The new Australian fair go (The Age, Bob Ellis - December 21, 2004)