Sorry, there’s no justification for leaving people locked up while you deliberately refuse to assess whether they’re refugees or not.
ELSEWHERE: Bernard Keane in Crikey:
Taxpayers will be wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on several thousand asylum seekers, to assuage the xenophobic instincts of a few swinging voters in marginal electorates. Unedifying indeed.
UPDATE: And it’s a strike against Julia that to position herself she had to deliberately misrepresent what Julian Burnside had said.