The government has tried to use libertarian arguments to nullify and roll back a piece of anti-racist legislation but has nowhere to take it back to.
The last six years have shown that what asylum seekers have more to be concerned about is an insecure, out of control political class that targets the most vulnerable to make itself look in command.
The left have been portraying Indonesia as the victim and Australia as the bully but the reality is more the reverse.
The problem Abbott faces is that there are real barriers to implementing his program but behind him is a party of which some sections are determined to make sure he does.
“We will decide” was a phoney bit of Australian unilateralism made possible at a time of that phoney bit of US unilateralism, the War on Terror.
Who would better know how to expose a failed a policy than those who proposed it?
The Oakeshott Bill removed even further protections for asylum seekers in what is already one of the most anti-immigrant pieces of legislation in the developed world.
All we needed was a Canberra farce and we have all we need to know.
How do you change racial provisions in the Constitution when the entire infrastructure of land rights is based on it?
Racial/cultural separation, or whatever you want to call it, remains embedded as ever in the centre of our body politic