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from politicoz ….
When it comes to asylum seekers, the government is at an impasse, and the situation is not helped at all by the absurdities served up by the opposition.
Their policy of towing the boats back to Indonesia has been called unworkable and unsafe by almost everyone, including the navy. It runs counter to Indonesia's wishes, so would hinder any wider cooperation - yet Tony Abbott made no attempt to address this even as he met the Indonesian President a few days ago.
And the opposition's moral rhetoric is equally confused. Asked if his attitudes to asylum-seekers was un-Christian, Tony Abbott responded by claiming boat people were acting in an un-Christian manner by seeking to come to Australia 'through the back door'. Which is odd: the majority of asylum-seekers aren't Christian, and in any case the question wasn't about their attitude - it was about his.
Having argued against the Malaysia solution on humanitarian grounds, it's clear Tony Abbott will not engage seriously on this issue until he is forced to.
Tony Abbott yesterday claimed boatpeople were acting in an un-Christian manner by 'coming through the back door' and should not be encouraged to 'jump the queue' with people-smugglers. Asked on ABC Perth radio why his attitude to asylum-seekers was unchristian, the Opposition Leader responded: 'I don't think it's a very Christian thing to come in by the back door rather than the front door.'"
Tony Abbott says a Coalition government would turn back asylum boats without permission from Indonesia because he would forge such a strong relationship between the two nations it could withstand the odd disagreement. He made the declaration yesterday as the Indonesian government confirmed the issue was not raised when Mr Abbott had a private meeting with the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang.