JOHN MENADUE*. The continuing litany of lies on boat arrivals and border protection.

The Coalition has been so mesmerised by its own spin that it has persuaded itself and the media that if it shows any decency to the Tamil family the boats will start again. That nonsense is built on a litany of lies.

*John Menadue was Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs , 1980-83, during the massive outflow of Indo Chinese asylum seekers and refugees.