Labor more willing to discuss offshore detention – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community, Immigration,

The Australian Financial Review’s well-regarded political editor Laura Tingle wrote recently that “Labor has been cautious about delving into the issue of asylum seekers because it has felt vulnerable on the issue in the past and not wanted to appear 'soft'.

“But this position is shifting in light of revelations of abuse and amid outrage from the opposition over the weekend admission by former prime minister Tony Abbott that he should have supported Labor's so-called 'Malaysia solution'.

“Labor was on a rare attack over offshore detention on Sunday with Labor frontbencher Stephen Conroy saying detention on Nauru and Manus Island would not have been necessary had the Coalition, in opposition under Tony Abbott, agreed to the Gillard government's Malaysian solution.”

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