The Home Affairs Minister, Clare O’Neil, has been publicly embarrassed by Cairns News after the news outlet exposed her failure to grant Donald Trump Jr. a visa in time for his scheduled meetings in Australia. Following direct questions from Cairns News, O’Neil was forced to grant the visa for Trump Jr. on Monday, although it was too late to salvage the meetings that had been postponed, disappointing the 12,000 ticket holders. The Labor Party was humiliated by this turn of events.
Cairns News had phoned and emailed O’Neil’s office multiple times on Monday seeking confirmation of Trump Jr.’s visa status, but they were met with ignorance and lack of response. The news outlet had previously reported that Trump Jr. had applied for a visa in May, but O’Neil had only granted it on that day. This delay caused significant inconvenience and frustration for the organizers and attendees of the meetings.
In addition to O’Neil’s mishandling of the visa application, Liberal Senator Alex Antic, who was scheduled to be the Australian keynote speaker alongside Trump Jr., and UK former politician Nigel Farage, also failed to respond to Cairns News’ inquiries. When contacted by the news outlet, one of Antic’s staffers seemed unaware of the upcoming speaking tour and the visa troubles faced by Trump Jr. Cairns News has been let down by Antic on two separate occasions, as they had previously reached out to him and Senator Jacinta Price to address concerns about the integrity of the electoral roll before the Voice referendum. Both senators, who have been advocating for the NO vote, did not bother to reply to these inquiries.
This lack of responsiveness from Antic and Price highlights a concerning trend within the Liberal Party, with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and the cleansing of the electoral roll from numerous fraudulent entries being off-limits to the party. It appears that both major parties are facing challenges in addressing electoral roll issues.
Cairns News suggests that if Antic and Price are unable to find better spokesmen or staff members, they should consider outsourcing their office tasks to a call center in the Philippines. This suggestion is based on the success that Telstra and other corporations have had with Asian call centers. By utilizing this approach, Antic and Price may improve their communication and efficiency.
In conclusion, the delayed visa approval for Donald Trump Jr. by Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil has caused significant inconvenience and disappointment for the organizers and attendees of the scheduled meetings. The lack of responsiveness from Liberal Senator Alex Antic and Senator Jacinta Price to Cairns News’ inquiries regarding the electoral roll issue reflects a concerning trend in both major parties. Possibly outsourcing their office tasks could be a solution to improve communication and efficiency in the future.