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October 4, 2013

The Canberra Press Gallery is singing the praises of Abbott's Indonesian trip. Abbott is a statesman says Paul Kelly in The Australian, adding that Abbott the unilateralist is gone, replaced by Abbott as Indonesia's trusting partner. A diplomatic breakthrough enthuses Barrie Cassidy at The Drum.

MOirAStoptheboats.jpg Alan Moir

The political reality is that Abbott has dumped his stop the boats policy and eaten humble pie by saying that he now respects Indonesia's sovereignty and that the Coalition badly handled the issue in the past. The Coalition is going to quietly drop the towback policy now. He has to if he wants Indonesia's co-operation on the issue and better economic relations.

The strange thing is the way the Canberra Press Gallery is acting as the publicist for the Abbott Government. Its as if they don't care about their credibility as part of the Fourth Estate.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:40 PM | | Comments (3)


Abbott has simply shifted from pre election to post election stance.
The Press gallery are simply waiting to see what comes of the meetings. New procedures/ processes maybe. Indonesia wants these beef deals to go through and some detractors have been told to change their position/opposition.
Has it all been reduced to a meat trade? Flesh trade?
Humans are a marvellous species.

Oh, apparently the Coalition “never had a policy of towing boats back to Indonesia” according to Scott Morrison. It was a media misrepresentation.

What was "stop the boats" then? Just turnaround?

Stop the boats! Slow the boats! Turnaround the boat! are all slogans nan. Like things go better with coke. Designed to make you buy it that's all. The coke has been bought nan and its now up to the consumer to decide if thing do go better.