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Asylum seeker issue: who to blame?
The latest Newspoll shows voters blame both major parties for the political deadlock on the asylum-seeker deadlock. Stuart Bocking says Tony Abbott has also been stung with his lack of cooperation on the issue.
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The survey, published by News Limited, shows 17 per cent of voters believe Labor is the best party to handle the issue - compared to 37 per cent who back the Coalition's policies.
Only seven per cent support the Greens approach.
Meanwhile, when it came to who was responsible for the political deadlock on the issue - 32 per cent blame Labor, 28 per cent blame the Coalition, and 16 per cent point the finger at the Greens.
The poll was conducted between last Friday and Sunday, and comes after a boat carrying 81 asylum seekers called the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) yesterday morning to request help, just 40 nautical miles off the Indonesian coast.
Australian and Indonesian authorities launched a major rescue operation, but border protection officials say the boat showed no visible signs of distress. (AAP)
Two more boats intercepted by Australian authorities, including one that called for help in Indonesian waters despite not being in trouble at all. Stuart Bocking asks what is the solution that will stop the smugglers.
Former Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone says the Gillard Government's Malaysia Solution is a waste of time. She tells Stuart Bocking only stopping permanent residency will halt the asylum seeker boats.
Who to Blame ?....... no brainer.... Howard stopped then Kev 07 and Gillard haven't....
mnnn !! let me see ?
I blame Labor and Labor and Labor and oh yes the greens !Sally Wednesday 11 July, 2012 - 7:34 PM
Who to blame? Rudd and Gillard, with a dash of the Greens (all of them), for their egos and lack of respect for Australia.David T. Wednesday 11 July, 2012 - 6:04 PM
I believe, clearly Labor are 100% culpable-blameworthy! After all Labor inappropriately closed a working very successful Nauru causing this ongoing crisis, now!! Not only did Labor wrongly close Nauru, but just to save their bloody damned faces. Labor are desperately trying to stop the necessary re-opening of Nauru by the Liberal leader Tony Abbott. Labor need to go now! Open Nauru once again!Blind Freddy Wednesday 11 July, 2012 - 12:00 PM
Given that the Greens are in Government with Labor, this poll should read that 48% of those polled blame the Government. The 28% who blame the Coalition are the usual rusted on 30% or so Labor voters who can't see the wood for the trees anyway. It is the Government's job to Govern! It is the Opposition's job to oppose bad policy like the so-called Malaysia solution! (Since when was a four for one deal a good one) and the 800 has now become over 8000, does this mean we now send 8000 and get 80,000 back? If Labor can't get support from the Green's on this they have lost control of Government. Blaming the Opposition is just a weak excuse from a weak government for their failure to secure our borders. If they are incapable of doing this they should call an election and let the Coalition sort out the mess they have made.Susan Wednesday 11 July, 2012 - 10:35 AM