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Asylum seekers: Rudd's choice

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23 October 2009 13:06

Chris Uhlmann is political editor for the ABC's 7.30 Report. With his latest blog post, he might make Peter Costello think twice about Labor bias on that program:

So the Prime Minister was faced with a choice. The narrow gate was to make a complex argument, to explain what he was doing, and to try and change the tone of Australia's debate about asylum seekers. The wide path was to play the hard man and tub thump.

His life was not at risk. The state he had to speak boldly to is run by him. All he was risking was an approval rating of 71 per cent.

And Mr Rudd chose the wide path.

In the modern, relativistic, world of politics the only way of measuring a man or woman is against their own words. This was not a large test of character. But it is a telling one.

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