Australia may take Guantanamo detainees.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s office has said that his country may accept Guantanamo Bay detainees, which could “make it easier for Obama to fulfill his campaign pledge to shut the prison.” Australia joins Germany and Portugal in expressing a willingness to take some of the detainees. Both Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have said that closing the facility will be a priority, while Vice President Cheney continues to insist that the “well run” prison should remain open.