Today's SMH runs an investigative piece on aid to Nauru and other anomalies within Australia's official development assistance program.
I was on posting to PNG when the Tampa affair broke. PNG and Nauru were drawn into the web of obfuscation surrounding the implementation of the PS. I became involved in aspects of the Manus program in 2002 and then later served as Director of the aid program to Nauru throughout 2003.
Although I will have a lot more to say on the subject of the PS at an appropriate juncture, some of my views are reported in the SMH article.