Labor set to go with turnbacks as Left shows signs of relenting
Boat deal is on horizon
A JUVENILE saltwater crocodile enjoying a refreshing dip, neurons in the human brain and the fading tendrils of a long exploded star — this year’s finalists in the prestigious Australian Museum New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography provide a breathtaking glimpse into the natural world.
Justin Gilligan’s shot of a young crocodile BILL Shorten appears to have cobbled together a shaky deal with the factions, which should see his controversial plan to turn back asylum- seeker boats passed into Labor policy.
While a number of Left faction delegates declared they would vote against the proposal if a formal ballot arose, some Left hardheads were considering having their dele- basking in the crystal clear water at Kimbe Bay off Papua New Guinea was among three finalists and seven highly commended images vying for one of 16 Eureka Prizes to be awarded next month.
Mr Gilligan, of NSW, was exploring coral reefs when the smiling crocodile presented the perfect opportunity for a close encounter. gates abstain Right- aligned won.
Several senior Left figures said they were furious with Mr Shorten and opposition immigration spokesman Richard Marles for announcing they would seek turnbacks, but did not want to destroy Mr Shorten’s leadership by causing him to lose a vote.
Left powerbroker and Mr Shorten’s 2013 leadership rival to ensure the Mr Shorten Anthony Albanese, is understood to have had a blazing row with Mr Shorten on Thursday night, with Mr Albanese furious Mr Shorten had “verballed’’ him by indicating he would vote to support turnbacks. He would not comment yesterday.
Mr Shorten and Mr Marles will today detail a range of humanitarian measures contained in the immigration policy, to attempt to ease concerns within the party. These include $ 450 million for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, doubling the humanitarian intake to 27,000 by 2025, reinstating the Refugee Review Tribunal, prioritising getting children out of detention and providing independent oversight of offshore processing centre.
The Left last night tabled several proposed amendments, including one to specifically ban turnbacks from Labor policy, and others which left open the possibility of closing the offshore processing centre on Manus Island and Nauru.
The final decision on whether to formally oppose turnbacks will be made at 8am today.
The debate has so far dominated the three- day Labor national conference, which began in Melbourne yesterday.
Several amendments were made to Labor’s draft platform yesterday, including proposals to allow ill people better access to medicinal cannabis.
The party also agreed to seek to amend the Free Trade Agreement between China and Australia to restrict Chinese access to the Australian labour market, and prevent international companies suing the Australian Government over trade decisions.
CROC PADDLE: Justin Gilligan’s swimming crocodile image is a 2015 Eureka Prize photography finalist.