From Andrew Bolt:
So why did Kevin Rudd suddenly get tough on boat people? Was it because his weaker laws had caused too many boats to land? Had lured 53 boat people to their deaths? Had cost taxpayers countless millions? Had poisoned relations with Indonesia? Had helped queue-jumpers to push ahead of real refugees?
None of the above. Laurie Oakes explains, without a word of criticism:
The Prime Minister was advised by strategists weeks ago that he had to act. Border control, they told him, posed an election risk in key marginal seats.