CLAIRE HARVEY | The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney)
Not just Julia Gillard, who in attempting to clean up the mess Rudd had left for her came up with a boats solution that should have worked but didn't get the chance - because it needed legislative approval the Greens and Liberals were never going to grant.
Not only Tony Abbott, whose look of chagrin in the past two days has been matched only by that on the face of Scott Morrison (why the hell didn't we think of this, my supposed crack team?).
Not only the Greens, whose outrage has seen Christine Milne's eyes narrow to hyphens and Sarah Hanson-Young's widen to zeroes at the pure outrage of it all.
Not only the Indonesians, whose agreement last week to restrict visas for Iranian visitors and organise a regional summit now looks almost quaint in its half-arsedness.
But also, and perhaps most importantly, Rudd's PNG plan has exposed the intellectual dishonesty of the "refugee lobby".
"But but but but but but but," they have spluttered, "but but but but ... " But PNG is a shithole?
Yeah. It is. And now it's our shithole - and you know what else? It's a signatory to the United Nations' 1951 Refugee Convention.
PNG can deliver the central, crucial element of the refugee system: freedom from persecution.
Yes, it may also deliver horrendous crime, rampant HIV, the ever-present risk of gang rape and endemic corruption, but it can definitely ensure you won't be hounded just for being Hazara.
The convention doesn't say anything about refugees having a right to live in the nicest place available in the world, or the place of their choosing.
It says a person is a refugee if he or she has a "well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion", and that person has a right to safety, freedom of movement, education, employment, welfare and, most importantly, the safe knowledge he or she will not be forcibly returned to the place of persecution.
So Rudd's deal with PNG will not discourage genuine refugees who urgently need to flee real persecution at home.
It will discourage people who simply want a better life.
That might sound harsh - but the pursuit of happiness is not the purpose of the Refugee Convention. The purpose is humanitarian relief for desperate people.
The refugee system has been corrupted by criminal people smugglers who endanger their customers' lives - and rob every genuine refugee waiting in a camp or a hotel for a visa.
That's what the refugee advocates can't admit.
Our guiding light should be humanitarianism for genuine refugees - not making excuses for every person who chooses to come here by boat, and pretending there is no crime or dishonesty at the edges of the people-smuggling trade. Rudd's PNG solution is genius. It provides haven for genuine refugees and enormous discouragement for everyone else.
Like it or not, that's true humanitarianism.