Why are the major parties trying to smear Nick Xenophon for a donor's link to East Timor whistleblower Bernard Collaery?
East Timor asylum seeker solution has not yet been killed outright, but only an unreconstructed optimist would now suggest its fate is other than sealed.
While there's been increased support in the top East Timor government ranks for a refugee processing centre to be built in the country, most of the population is against the plan. Shona Hawkes in Dili explains the complex problems.
Julia Gillard's "Timor solution" has attracted much scrutiny, but her proposal to build an asylum seeker processing centre in East Timor has been buoyed with the news that a possible location has been found and official talks are reportedly set to begin shortly.
New Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd will know there won’t be any quick or easy "East Timor solution", and there may not be one at all. So what will he do?
The vote by East Timor to oppose an Australian off-shore asylum seeker processing centre should not have come as a surprise. Only Labor wants to "move forward" on this one, writes Damien Kingsbury.
Timor Leste is a horribly cynical choice, and still would be even if the negotiations had been sensibly handled and the government and populace had shown themselves willing.
The Australian Government has an ‘in-principle’ fix to go to the polls with, but delays in reaching a formal agreement will cause real problems for the current Timorese Government as it edges closer to its next national elections, writes Robert Johnson.