Tony Abbott has declared victory. The three-word slogan “Stop the boats” has become a five-word boast, “We have stopped the boats”. In Jakarta, the prime minister was even bold enough to assert that “the people smuggling issue … will not substantially further trouble” our bilateral relations with Indonesia.
The truth of that claim remains to be tested – particularly once Indonesia has a new president. But for now, at least, Abbott appears to be right. There have been no maritime arrivals for six months. The question is whether this opportunity can be grasped to create a durable, long-term arrangement that provides assistance to refugees and other vulnerable people around the region.… Seguir leyendo »