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Indonesian officials say the remaining 56 Sri Lankans aboard the Oceanic Viking have decided to
come ashore, bringing to an end the month-long stand-off.

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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The Federal Government won't confirm it, but the Oceanic Viking stalemate
appears to be over.

Indonesian officials have revealed that the 56 remaining Sri Lankans have decided to leave the
boat.

Preparations are now underway for them to be taken ashore from tomorrow.

The result will be a relief for the Government, but the Opposition is unrelenting in its attack on
the special deal used to coax the refugees ashore.

From Canberra, Hayden Cooper reports.

HAYDEN COOPER, REPORTER: The floating protest may be about to end. After four weeks, the 56
remaining Sri Lankans have had enough, and tomorrow Indonesia expects them to disembark.

DINO PATTI DJALAL, INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN: We are willing to temporarily accommodate
them in our detention centres until they can be relocated to a third country, whatever that third
country may be. But we definitely don't want them to stay in Indonesia permanently.

HAYDEN COOPER: And that's where the Opposition believes Australia has offered too much: rapid
resettlement that proved too good to refuse.

MALCOLM TURNBULL, OPPOSITION LEADER: This is not just special treatment. This was a gold-plated
inducement to persuade the 78 asylum seekers to leave the vessel. It is obvious that this was a
very, very special deal.

HAYDEN COOPER: About 30 of the Sri Lankans could be in Australia within a month - the rest in up to
three months.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: There has never been a deal like it.

HAYDEN COOPER: The case again lit up the Parliament, as the two leaders traded their verbal
volleys.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: This is the politics of weakness and capitulation.

KEVIN RUDD, PRIME MINISTER: Will he provide to us the evidence upon which he has based this most
recent baseless accusation?

MALCOLM TURNBULL: A daily diet of weasel words, obfuscation and blame shifting.

KEVIN RUDD: What is your alternative policy on immigration? Haven't heard it so far.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: He does a great line in sanctimony. I think we all recognise that here.

KEVIN RUDD: Once again we are going down the same road.

HAYDEN COOPER: Malcolm Turnbull accuses the Prime Minister of misleading the House by denying
knowledge of the terms of the asylum seeker offer.

KEVIN RUDD: I have this uncanny steps of déjà vu. When was the last time we had this Leader of the
Opposition stand up and say that I'd mislead the House on such a matter? What we'd last time was of
course the forged email affair around Utegate.

HAYDEN COOPER: The Opposition wants to extend its refugee assault on the Government all the way to
Jakarta and talk up rumours of a diplomatic fracture.

JULIE BISHOP, DEPUTY OPPOSITION LEADER: Will the Prime Minister inform the House why the Indonesian
President's state visit to Australia scheduled for next week has been cancelled at such late
notice?

HAYDEN COOPER: Indonesia was happy to take the question.

DINO PATTI DJALAL: It's unrealistic for us to cancel a visit just because of the boat issue. I
mean, it's not an easy problem, but it's not that serious to affect our relations to that point.

HAYDEN COOPER: More boats arriving daily are testing Australia's resources; 40 on board the latest
are now en route to Christmas Island.

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does best: frustrating the Government. It's held off on plunging into the climate debate, despite
the pressure for a vote by late next week. But holding back the torrent of opinion behind party
room doors is not so easy.

Ten Coalition members stood up and argued for a vote against an ETS, come what may.

BARNABY JOYCE, NATIONALS SENATE LEADER: I'm sure if we had had more time there would have been far
greater opportunity for more people to ventilate their position.

HAYDEN COOPER: The next week will be all about venting.