While Julia Gillard achieved her "year of decision and delivery" in relation to carbon pricing, health reform and the mining tax, her self-appointed task of resolving the issue of asylum seekers remains unfinished at year's end.
If only politicians could be trusted to acknowledge that, as Possum lamented last week: "Not everything about government is about electoral politics."
Ironically, a government whose members have in the past described the Pacific Solution as inhumane relied on and failed using the same legislation because it could not guarantee basic human rights protections, says freelance writer Luke Williams.
A collection of what Michelle Grattan described as "the worst collection of front page pictures in recent memory."
Crikey media wrap: The federal government's refugee swap deal with Malaysia is in tatters after the High Court yesterday ruled the scheme unlawful.
Crikey media wrap: The Malaysian Solution remains gridlocked in the High Court, but Gillard has had a win in the asylum seeker debate with Papua New Guinea agreeing for a detention centre to be re-opened on Manus Island.
The government's much-hyped Malaysian Solution is in turmoil after the High Court ordered for a full hearing to be heard on the policy in a fortnight after a legal challenge by asylum seekers.