What we can’t do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have.

PM Tony Abbott, backing the Western Australia government’s decision to close a number of remote indigenous communities

“Lifestyle choices” is a deliberately insulting, cynical catch-phrase designed to amplify the notion that Indigenous Australians receive large cash handouts from government, which they then wilfully squander on fripperies. It would be beneath any compassionate, thinking person to express such an idea, and for it to come out of the mouth of the Prime Minister is just repulsive.