1/ Since John Howard passed legislation through the Australian Parliament which excised Christmas Island from Australia's migration zone, meaning that asylum seekers arriving there could not automatically apply for refugee status, allowing the Australian navy to relocate them to other countries as part of the Pacific Solution. see http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1425387.htm(I think the media you heard may have been speaking sarcastically)2/ Gusso = Gesso? (ie paint primer - makes the surface stiffer and more textured so the paint sticks better)
1/ So it would seem, but thanks.2/ Yes correct, so we discovered when we went to buy it.
Democracy is all very well, but why give it to the people - Audrey Forbes-Hamilton.