Tony Abbott admits he stuffed up. Will the Greens also admit that they got it wrong? John Menadue asks the question.
In proposing to detain refugees for an extended period, the new Pacific Solution comes with a great moral cost.
Many people agree that a regional response on asylum seekers is essential. The problem is how to get there, writes John Menadue, a Centre for Policy Development fellow and former Immigration Department secretary.
The Greens' posturing on asylum seekers and formerly on climate change has played into the hands of cynical opponents, writes John Menadue, Centre for Policy Development fellow and former Department of Immigration secretary.
The scuttling of the Malaysian arrangement has given oxygen to the people smugglers, write John Menadue and Arja Keski-Nummi, Centre for Policy Development fellows and immigration experts.
The Labor Party appears to be stringing out debate on a number of relatively non-consequential bills in the House of Representatives this morning to avoid a vote on its controversial Malaysia refugee swap legislation.
Crikey media wrap: Prime Minister Julia Gillard convinced her Labor caucus to back changes to the Migration Act in order to legalise the Malaysia refugee swap, but will Tony Abbott support them?
The ALP National Left has slammed Julia Gillard's decision to allow immigration minister Chris Bowen carte blanche to decide the offshore processing fate of asylum seekers.