The debate on Asylum seekers became a little clearer today. Whilst the position of the Government and opposition are similar in their view that offshore processing is the only real deterrent to the continuing flow of boats, the precise nature of the oppositions view became a little clearer when Barrie Cassidy spoke on Insiders this morning with opposition leader Tony Abbott: turn the boats back at sea.

And still they come. Notwithstanding the expressed anguish of politicians and the hand-wringing of bureaucrats, policy remains frozen and lives continue to be lost as one boatload after another seeks the refuge of Christmas Island. Is it politics or principle that prevents a solution?

John Cleary explored the practical and ethical dimensions of this issue with several of Australia's leading church spokespeople on the issue: The President of the Uniting Church of Australia, Rev Dr Alastair McRae; Bishop Philip Huggins, Anglican Assistant Bishop of Melbourne; Alastair Gee, Executive Director of Act For Peace, the International Aid and Refugee Agency of National Council of Churches in Australia; and Bishop Eugene Hurley, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Darwin.
 
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