Quote of the day:

“I don’t think this is a immigration debate…I think it’s bringing into play issues about water, about soil, about city planning, about infrastructure and services, about getting skilled people where we need them.”

— Prime Minister Gillard speaks to Perth Radio about the population debate (sans actual numbers) that has thus far dominated the campaign.

Peter Hartcher slams the PM for her tenuous talk on this issue in today’s Sydney Morning Herald. “This is not a policy, and it’s not even a debate about possible policy. It’s just a placebo, a sugar pill for the electorate to suck during an election campaign, to keep it happy and quiet.” Suck on that.

Peter Fray

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Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey