Prior to the 2007 election pillory and execrate the Howard Government for being ‘harsh’, ‘uncaring’ and ‘cruel’. Have the friendly media and leftist commentators describe the policy as intolerable and extreme.
Once elected, dismantle the scheme leading to an anticipated increase in the number of boat arrivals but an unanticipated hundreds of deaths at sea and which has cost the taxpayer several billions of dollars.
Now bring in a system which is much more expensive, harsher, more cruel and less caring than that of the Howard Government’s scheme.
Then pretend that the problem has been fixed.