I don’t think the government or Border Force officials expected such a rapid blowback to their “operation” which, after the protests, was cancelled. They blame a poorly worded press release.
Former independent MP Tony Windsor was on ABC radio. This is what Windsor had to say: (reported in The Age)
(the Abbott government) “hopes that something goes wrong domestically”, that the Border Force operation was no mistake, but a “deliberate agenda to create fear in the community.” “I’ve got no doubt that some of these people in Abbott’s government hope that something goes wrong domestically. That they can taunt a Muslim into doing something so that they can say that we’re the only ones that can protect you, the Labor party are too weak to protect you, vote for us.”
The ground is shifting (as Christopher Brooks says), when some officials and politicians begin to understand and speak about the modus operandi of the power structures.
That reminds me. I should write to Windsor about the Belle Vista Affair. The fake attack (Sept 2014) on a sailor created a fear-buzz to coincide with parliaments discussion on the (anti-terror) National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1).
Operation Fortitude may have all been a deception or a diversion.
But what can we expect from a puppet government being led by Tony Abbott – who seems to have his own take on the the law. With his willingness to embrace more conflict in Syria – he made the stunning statement “They don’t respect borders, so why should we?“.