Today was a pleasant day, right up until I came home and caught the news on ABC 24: Kevin Rudd has come up with the penultimate solution to the asylum seeker problem:
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says asylum seekers who arrive by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees.
Mr Rudd has confirmed a deal that will see asylum seekers sent to Papua New Guinea for assessment, and if they are found to be refugees, they will be resettled there.
And there you have it – the race to the bottom is finally won: Kevin Rudd has claimed whatever jersey (most likely some shade of brown) it is that you award to the politician who’s prepared to do the most to pander to racists and xenophobes in marginal electorates. The only way that Tony Abbott could trump him on today’s policy announcement is to come out with a declaration that the Coalition will sink the boats where it’s safe to do so.
That’s all for now – I feel an urgent need to go and vomit.