From The Australian:
IT’S pretty obvious that the public would like to see our main party leaders come together to find a compromise solution to the refugee impasse following the recent tragedies at sea.
That is not happening because the opposition refuses to do so, despite increasing calls for compromise from sections of its backbench.As a result of a failure to find a compromise solution to boat arrivals, in the final sitting week before the parliamentary recess the Liberal partyroom is starting to fracture. […]One well-placed Liberal source told The Australian that Abbott would rather see Labor continue to bleed politically with ongoing boat arrivals. If that means deaths at sea continue, he said, so be it. Perhaps Abbott thinks such tragedies reflect more badly on Labor than his own side because the government appears responsible for the mess courtesy of changing John Howard’s asylum-seekers policies in the first place.
LEIGH SALES: I’m sorry to interrupt you, but I’m trying to get to the bottom of exactly what the Coalition would accept here. I’m asking if the Government put up exactly what you want, would you support it?
SCOTT MORRISSON: Well, Leigh, that hasn’t happened. The Government has shown no indication at any occasion when I’ve addressed any of these matters in the past to address any element of them. Talking about Nauru does not change the problems with their legislation.
LEIGH SALES: But if you can’t even agree that you would support your own policy if they put it to you, then, you know, where are we?