Rudd's boat mantra is not policy

'Stop the boats'. Say it often enough and it takes on a kind of Orwellian truth. Sadly, enough of a truth for our moral obligations to be forgotten in the pursuit of cheap votes.

Prime Minister Rudd’s plan to bribe Papua New Guinea with money he doesn’t have is cynically welcomed by some as ‘smart politics’, because he may just be able to keep the truth of his refugee policy hidden until after re-election.

But calling it ‘smart politics’ is really dumb journalism.

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