Immigration's young talent drowning in a sea of finger-pointing

By Markus Mannheim
Updated April 18 2018 - 11:24pm, first published January 5 2013 - 3:00am

When divvying out the loot of political office, the immigration portfolio is known widely as the ''shit sandwich''. Sure, it has status: its minister sits in cabinet, commands a large workforce and budget, and inevitably becomes one of the highest-profile politicians in the land. But few reputations escape unscathed from the torrent of bad news the portfolio generates, especially since Australians went berserk over boat people in 2001.

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