The Australian Liberal Party has today announced that they plan to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser who died unexpectedly at the age of 84 overnight by renaming the Villawood Detention Centre, The Malcolm Fraser Processing Centre.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was a passionate advocate for asylum seeker’s rights and often clashed with his party over their treatment of refugees, so the thought of naming an off shore processing centre in his honour is somewhat bizarre.
However, Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton defended the decision saying, “Malcolm was passionate about refugees so it’s quite appropriate that the facility responsible for stopping the boats bears his name and it’s a fitting tribute to a former Prime Minister along the lines of the Harold Holt memorial swimming pool.”
In his later years Fraser developed a working relationship with Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young, who we reached out to for commen. However a spokesman for the Senator told The (un)Australian, “It’s been a tough morning for Sarah, she accidentally stepped on a lady bug on the way to work and has been in tears ever since, we may need to get her hooked up to a drip before breaking the news to her that Malcolm has died.”
The Government plans a renaming ceremony later in the year, probably when an unfavourable poll is released.
The (un)Australian previously reported that Manus Island was to be renamed Cahill island in honour of Socceroo’s legend Tim Cahill. However the Prime Minister has scrapped that barnacle off the boat after he actually watched a game of soccer and realised just how boring a game it is.