No boats arrived in the past week, other than one this morning. One boat arrived last week.
So Abbott effortlessly achieves what Julia Gillard for all her apparent effort (and it was a lot of effort) couldn’t achieve in three years.
In reality Julia Gillard had no interest in stopping them coming. She and the ALP wanted them to come, it was an idealogical desire. Hundreds of thousands of them. In line with the international lefts doctrine of importing third world voting bases to replace the lefts now lost for ever traditional working class base.
Which of course begs the question: If Gillard wanted them to come, and didn’t really attempt to stop them, is she responsible for them? To which the answer must be yes. In line with the ALP’s belief that a business owner is personally responsible for every workplace injury due to their unequal power over the worker, the Prime Minister of a country who intentionally created an environment for the poor to come on leaky boats is certainly responsible for the deaths of those who were drawn to the siren song of the ALP.