Hoping to deter asylum seekers from coming to Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given two decommissioned series of Australian television drama Patrol Boat to Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister said the gifts were necessary after seeing the situation in Sri Lanka firsthand.
“Having spent time in Sri Lanka for CHOGM, I can assure you the local television drama is terrible,” said Mr Abbott.
“I asked my advisors what we could do to help and discovered there were two decomissioned versions of Patrol Boat in Australia that we were no longer using.”
Mr Abbott said the 1980s ABC version of Patrol Boat with Andrew McFarlane was in better condition than the newer Channel 9 version, Sea Patrol, with Lisa McCune.
However, the Prime Minister was confident that both TV programs would reduce the number of people making the journey to Australia.
“If people in Sri Lanka know they can watch high quality Australian drama like the ABC version of Patrol Boat in their own country, they won’t want to leave.”
“And if they watch Sea Patrol, there’s no way on earth they’ll want to come to the over-dramatic and immoral Australia it depicts.”
The Sri Lankan government said that the Australian government’s gift was a coup for the country. As in a good coup where no one gets killed.
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