The Coalition is engaged in further hypocrisy.
1. The Coalition (both under Howard and more recently through Morrison’s own words) has supported Nairu as an appropriate venue well before Nairu had signed the UN Convention on Refugees.
2. The current Abbott policy still does not deal with human rights concerns. It is threatening, where it is safe to do so, to send boats back to Indonesia (a non-signatory to the Refugee convention). Indonesia has refused to accept any boat people back. It is viewed by our Navy as a hazardous journey.
3. Nairu will not work on its own – as 80 to 90% of the boat arrivals will head back to Australia. It needs further action if it is to succeed.
4. Gillard has been able to win additional human right guarantees from Malaysia. The new rights will apply to Australian asylum seekers but they could put greater pressure on Malaysia to give similar rights to other asylum seekers.
I would like to see these facts spelt out more fully by Gillard.