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Aug 31, 2011

The Australian Capital Circle: Junked asylum deal leaves Labor reeling:

Capital Circle Newsletter

Junked asylum deal leaves Labor reeling
The verdict on the verdict is unanimous: the High Court has smashed Labor's asylum deal and created a nightmare for the government.

Julia Gillard will hit visit a series of marginal electorates around Brisbane today. On the one year anniversary of her deal with the Greens, the PM will attend community cabinet tonight in the marginal Labor-held seat of Moreton. That meeting will be followed by a full cabinet meeting later in the evening to discuss the broken asylum deal.
Tony Abbott is in Sydney. He'll visit a manufacturing business mid-morning to campaign against the carbon tax, and to talk about the failed Malaysian solution. In the afternoon he'll fly to Queensland for a few days of campaigning.
Labor's failed asylum deal is a disaster for the Gillard government, already sinking in the polls and struggling to get its message out. Cabinet met last night and will meet again tonight.
The headlines are devastating: "Left high and dry"; High Alert"; "Asylum Deal sunk"; "Here they come"; "Labor's asylum solution all at sea''.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said last night the High Court judgment was a significant blow to the government (report). And asylum seeker boats are expected to hit Australian waters within days (report). Malaysia's government has vowed to continue to work closely with Australia (report). The judgment.
In the hunt: he Gold Coast Bulletin is reporting Peter Beattie will run for the seat of Brisbane at the next election. Mr Beattie is due to address the Queensland Media Club tomorrow.
Protest: A mass meeting of AWU and AMWU steelworkers, led by Paul Howes and Dave Oliver, will be held in Wollongong

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