The announcement of the Prime Minister's new hard-line asylum seeker policy had all the trademarks of a classic political how-to: carefully placed leaks throughout the week and then a bombshell new policy at at 4.30pm on a Friday, when most journos had already headed to the pub, leaving minimal time for immediate scrutiny but still enough minutes to splash big with it in that evening's news.

The coverage must have kept Kevin Rudd content, with his "Rudd Solution" -- which ensures that asylum seekers arriving by boat will never be resettled in Australia, even if found to be genuine refugees -- receiving supportive mainstream media coverage.