The Malaysian solution

On 25 July 2011 Australia signed an agreement with Malaysia allowing for the transfer of up to 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia. This agreement was designed to be a disincentive for asylum seekers attempting to reach Australia by boat. In return, Australia committed to accept 4000 additional refugees from Malaysia. On 31 August the High Court ruled that this arrangement was unlawful, effectively undermining the government’s strategy for addressing people smuggling.

The UnAustralian

Matt Davidson, The Age,

The Gone Overboard Affair

Warren Brown, The Daily Telegraph,

A Process of Elimination

Fiona Katauskas, Eureka Street,

Seeking Asylum

Ron Tandberg, The Age,


David Pope, The Canberra Times,

Bowen's Malaysia Solution

Peter Nicholson, The Australian,

The Light on the Hill

Jon Kudelka, The Australian,

Malaysia Solutionkenstein

Matt Bissett-Johnson, On Line Opinion,

Australia Bound

Dean Alston, The West Australian,

Justice Done

Ian Sharpe, The Canberra Times,

Prime Ministerial Priming

Peter Broelman, Syndicated,

Final Offer

Sean Leahy, The Courier-Mail,

The Lifesaver

Mark Knight, Herald Sun,

A Rock and a Hard Place

Alan Moir, The Sydney Morning Herald,