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.
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.