Do the people who write such stories not know any better or do they have such contempt for their readers that they serve them up what is known to be untrue because it makes them feel better? There is no doubt that the left wants Abbott to fail but still, you have to ground yourself, you would think, in some kind of reality when assessing how things are going. This is from a story in The Sunday Age titled, Stop the boats policy all talk, no action. You can get the gist of where this is going from the opening paras:
The Coalition’s pre-election promise was unequivocal: in the first 100 days of office, it would take ‘immediate action’ to reclaim control of Australia’s borders.
Its Real Solutions policy blueprint vowed: ‘We will immediately give new orders to the Navy to tackle illegal boat arrivals and turn back the boats where safe to do so.’
But in no other policy sphere has the government’s soaring rhetoric crashed more forcefully into reality than in its boats policy - and its damaged relationship with Indonesia has played a key role in the crash.
If anything has been a success, I would have thought, the boats’ policy has been it. Oddly, the bits in bold are not in the online version but only in print. Perhaps the passage has been removed because of this, Yudhoyono wants an even stronger bond, which was picked up at Andrew Bolt.