Asylum seekers - doesn't a client pay you?

Sep 06, 2012, 09:15 AM

I might expect my accountant, my lawyer, or even my web hosting company to refer to me as a client.

Why? Well, they all have one thing in common - they are professionals for whose services I have paid.

So what's with politicians, bureaucrats and now even the media elites referring to asylum seekers as "clients". Remember, doesn't a client pay you? Since when do you pay your clients?

In my confusion, I sought clarification from the dictionary. But you could have knocked me over with a feather when I discovered that a client now includes "a person being dealt with by social services".

I know that dictionaries must reflect the usage of a word, but surely not when it's only by the political class? This is an entirely new phenomenon, certainly not reflected in earlier editions of The Oxford English Dictionary.

However, I shouldn't discriminate, this isn't restricted to asylum seekers - even Centrelink refers to its new breed of welfare dependants as clients!

This is a transparent device used by politicians, bureaucrats and media elite to disguise their plans to create a welfare dependant class, redistribute income, spend other peoples money, and steal their property.

My message to the bearcats and politicians is to stop this Orwellian 1984 newspeak and to use English honestly.

Worse, will the mainstream media give up reproducing the spin the politicians dish out - instead do you jobs properly and report the news objectively.

Australians are sick and tired of listening to your drivel and spin.