It's going to take a lot more than the goings-on of the "Canberra bubble" to transform the medivac loss to the Coalition's advantage come election time.
Australian asylum policy has been a 20-year fight to the bottom. Is there finally a turning point in sight?
While left and right obsess about asylum seekers, the issue is near irrelevant to most voters. A radical change in circumstances will be needed for it to play a major role in the election.
This medivac bill is forcing a conversation about the purpose and logic of indefinite detention. But will the talk lead to real change?