The government goes into the parliamentary session’s final fortnight on the back foot over two highly contentious issues: its citizenship legislation and Indonesia’s demand to know whether Australia paid people smugglers to return asylum seekers.
Tony Abbott was defiant on both issues at the weekend.
In face of doubts from some experts, Abbott defended the constitutionality of the ministerial discretion in the legislation, to be introduced in the next two weeks, to strip citizenship from dual nationals involved in terrorist activities.
And Abbott’s message to Indonesia was, in effect, that the government would do whatever it took to keep the boats stopped.
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