Tag Archives: boat turn-backs

ROBERT MANNE. Rescuing 1700 marooned people.

   At present the chief priority of those concerned about the refugee situation in which Australia is directly implicated is to save the lives of the 1500 or so on Manus Island and Nauru and the 250 or so at … Continue reading

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John Menadue and Peter Hughes. Slogans vs Facts on Boat Arrivals, Part 2

Reposted from 23/09/2015 Tony Abbott did not stop the boats In this blog yesterday (22 September 2015) we pointed out that Tony Abbott kept the door open for tens of thousands of boat arrivals by opposing legislation that would have enabled … Continue reading

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Arja Keski-Nummi. “Half a Step Forward” – ALP Policy on Refugees and Asylum

  There is more to the ALP policy on refugees and asylum than what we heard from the media, focused as it is on factional battles and the language of “back- flips” on contestable pieces of public policy such as … Continue reading

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John Menadue. A graph on boat arrivals for lazy journalists.

I have reposted below an article I wrote on 8 December last year pointing out that Tony Abbott did not stop the boats. But the debate proceeds, assisted by journalists who still claim that Tony Abbott stopped the boats. He … Continue reading

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A somersault – back to business as usual. Guest blogger: Arja Keski-Nummi

While in opposition Tony Abbot conducted a robust and aggressive policy on boats that effected Indonesia. But now he has done a somersault in order to put the Australian-Indonesian relationship back on a more even footing. As his speech at … Continue reading

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