If only the Greens and many refugee advocates would also admit that they got it wrong. They allowed the perfect to become the enemy of the good.

My strong conviction for several years is that the Malaysian Arrangement -- it was not a Malaysian "Solution" -- would have been an important building block in regional co-operation to manage the movement of displaced people. It would also have avoided the tragedy that is unfolding in Manus and Nauru. That tragedy will be on Australia’s conscience forever.