Update: On re-reading the interview transscript, I made a slight correction to this post, marked below ( and
This is a crock. Peter Costello is 100% on board with current government policy.
The media’s reports all seem to be based on an AAP report of a few soundbites from the ABC Radio National’s Counterpoint. The transcript should be available in a few hours, and it’s also worth listening to the interview – Peter Costello sets forth his point of view sincerely and intelligently. Audio of the August 23rd intervew is accessible from the Counterpoint home page for the next three and a half weeks.
What Mr Costello said was that he looks forward to a time when no children are in detention. However, he proposes to achieve this by continuing with the government’s policy of discouraging refugees from coming to Australia under their own steam,
and by no other means. . Mr Costello was not signalling a change in direction, merely wringing his hands in regret.