Yes! The deaths of asylum seekers is horrible and the government needs to reduce the ‘incentives’ to get on leaky boats. We know offshore processing reduces the flow. So, Gillard should go to Abbott and offer the following:
- re-establish offshore processing in Nauru;
- at the same time change legislation to allow the Malaysia off-shore processing to go ahead; but
- not re-establish temporary protection visas.
Is this good policy? No idea. But it will help to stop people dying. It will also put Abbott in a bind. If he agrees, good. If he doesn’t agree then he may find a few of his own party room are willing to cross the floor to support the policy. And having that happen may just save Julia Gillard’s political life!