Gillard’s asylum seeker swap deal with Malaysia ruled a no-goer by the High Court [updated]

It was a unanimous decision 7-0 of the full bench.

Whatever will she do now?

What will Immigration minister Chris Bowen do?

Nauru? When in Opposition, Gillard bagged Nauru to high hell. If she sticks to her guns however, she’s effectively out of options.

Gillard and Labor are very good at one thing: backing themselves into untenable positions.

Links to come…

A little musing while we wait: the ruling may not be so clear cut.


Here’s a link. (Aren’t they “asylum seekers” however, NOT “refugees” as that headline states?)

Via the SMH on twitter, here’s the legal mumbo jumbo.(And yes, folks, it’s “asylum seekers”, NOT “refugees” JFTR.)


A more in-depth account by Melinda Rout.

Via MsMonneyPenny, a picture says 1000 words.


  1. The lefties will be dancing in the streets!

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • August 31st, 2011

    Behold, yet another monumental cock-up by Ms PM.

    Better pass the popcorn, looks like we are about to witness the longest death scene in the history of entertainment; it’s like, Bruce Willis and Julia Gillard star in DieHard X (wrong Bruce, I know)

    Give it up already, Julia. Leave! Nobody likes you anymore.

    • Merilyn
    • August 31st, 2011

    So is Chris Bowen going to resign????? [and Julia was so proud of this deal].

    • How can he? That’d almost certainly trigger an election Labor would lose.

    • The Wizard of WOZ
    • August 31st, 2011



    • mabba
    • August 31st, 2011

    Notice that while Jools fronted the cameras to announce the Malay’n swap deal, she modestly let Bowen hog the cameras to ‘de-announce’ it. Funny that.

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