Originally Posted by big eddie View Post

The pacific solution was so good it even worked in Europe!

And? As I’ve mentioned people fleeing Afghanistan started rising steadily from late 1998 because of the Taliban strengthening their grip on society. This started peaking in October 2001 when the war between the Northern Alliance/US and Taliban commenced and slowly stated falling by mid 2002. Howard’s pacific solution was implemented in September 2001 right at the time instability and population movement was at its height. And guess what? Illegal boat arrivals fell off a cliff.

It worked all right and probably far better than even Howard and Ruddock imagined it would. Whether you agree with it or not, it was one of the most instantly successful government policies in living memory.
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Last edited by trist: 03-Jul-12 at 09:34am