Abbott - the statesman Rudd should have been?

Tony Abbott has a historic opportunity to surprise many of his 'boat policy' critics. For humane, economic and even political reasons, a regional solution should be his priority.

The day after Kevin Rudd ‘lurched to the right’ on seaborne refugees by announcing all arrivals would be resettled in Papua New Guinea, a Catholic colleague pointed out to me a dark irony in the Labor move. 

We now had two national leaders, he said, who belonged to a religion whose New Testament story begins with a refugee family housed in a stable. And yet both men were competing to get tough on refugees. 

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