Tuesday, August 14, 2012
There is no doubt that the Gillard Government has been slam dunked by the Housten Report which leaves their immigration policy in tatters. You can argue the toss whether it is a 80/20 or a 70/30 win to the coalition but there is no doubt the recommended reinstatement of offshore processing in Nauru and Manus Island and the shelving of Labor's much trumpeted 'Malaysia' solution represents a body blow against Gillard and the ALP.
They have been left with egg on their face and blood on their hands as their effective 'open door' policy encouraged people-smugglers to make a 'killing' (and they did) playing with the lives of the vulnerable.
The almost indecent haste with which the Labor caucus signed up to the report is proof positive that they realised they had no place to go, no place to hide. The overturning of their immigration policy is a political debacle of the first order.
As for the Greens and the so called Independents .... all pretty irrelevant now in the great scheme of things.