This week it has been all about Manus Island and so will most of this column. And for me, no one summed up the horrible dilemma we have put ourselves in as a country better than Waleed Aly, in a this wonderful, logical and ruthlessly plain-speaking article in The Sydney Morning Herald. He argues that brutality is the point of our offshore processing policy and that we have had to become very brutal indeed to create any kind of workable deterrent.
That’s why I, for one, cannot celebrate the fact that the boats have stopped coming. We have had to become almost as cruel as the tyrants the asylum seekers are fleeing to achieve such a result. Call me a bleeding heart or a do-gooder if you like, but I can take no triumph from that.