The boats bill must be allowed to pass

An imperfect, two-pronged border protection policy that passed the House of Reps last night will ease human tragedy and lay the groundwork for better law. But will Greens obstinacy scupper the solution?

It was an extraordinary day in parliament. While out in the Indian Ocean refugees struggled to keep their heads above water (at least one is now confirmed dead), an intense six-hour debate pushed Question Time off the House of Representatives' agenda to debate an urgent solution to 'stop the boats'.

Following the tragic deaths of 90 asylum seekers last week, the news early yesterday morning of yet another 150 refugees in peril accelerated a process begun by maverick Liberal MP Mal Washer at the weekend.

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