The real tragedy about the tragic loss of life at Christmas Island yesterday is that it need not have occurred. And one of the best means we have of testing such a claim is to simply study the following graph:

A quick look at this graph explains why Labor’s so-called compassionate policy toward boat people has been a remarkable failure, and has simply resulted in the needless death of more people. While the chart shows the number of people in immigration detention, it is of course closely related to the number of boat people arriving on our shores.

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