How Malcolm Turnbull's political demise prompted a change in asylum seekers' fortunes

A by-election contest between Labor and Liberal would not have brought about a debate on the issue, but the injection of a high-profile independent with a different view from the official policies of the two major parties did just that.

Given what was at stake — the Coalition's parliamentary majority — a local contest for a single seat had a national audience, and it dragged the issue of asylum seekers back onto the national agenda with it.