I couldn’t agree more with Jan, who puts this beautifully:
It should never have come this far, never even seen the light of day in my opinion, but Prime Minister Howard has dropped his bill for offshore processing of refugees. The bill was to have been debated in the Senate this week. The Family First senator, Senator Fielding, decided at the weekend that he would oppose the bill, while Barnaby Joyce from Queensland was planning to move an amendment or to abstain. The Herald has a report here…
Rather than having egg on his face than because this was one of the most vile things Howard’s government has so far devised. Whatever, this is good news, and good on Senator Fielding and those Liberal Party people of conscience.
See my Friday 11 August entry Punch and Judy outside Parliament yesterday.