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Liberals Maintain Focus On Boats

The Liberal Party has maintained its focus on boats and border protection, releasing a new advertisement today.

The advertisement includes audio and video of Kevin Rudd and Bill Shorten committing themselves to turning back boats. “Same old Labor,” the ad says. “Labor can’t be trusted on boats.” [Read more…]


“Our Policy Is Clear” – Liberals Pounce On ALP’s Border Protection Dissension

The Liberal Party has seized on dissension in Labor ranks over offshore processing of asylum seekers.

The ALP candidate for Melbourne, Sophie Ismail, went on the record today as favouring bringing asylum seekers to Australia and processing them here. Melbourne is held for the Greens by Adam Bandt.

The Liberals released the advertisement shown below. It quotes Ismail and other comments by retiring WA MP Melissa Parke and Tasmanian Senator Lisa Singh. The repeated “our policy is clear” comments from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten are taken from his media conference today where he was questioned about Ismail’s comments. [Read more…]


Immigration Detention And Children: Statement From Immigration And Border Protection Department

This is a statement on immigration detention and children, issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The statement was issued by the Secretary of the Department, Michael Pezzullo.

Later in the day, a further statement was issued, following criticism of the third paragraph’s statement that “suggestions that detention involves a ‘public numbing and indifference’ similar to that allegedly experienced in Nazi Germany” were offensive.

Both statements are shown below.

Statement from Michael Pezzullo, Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Immigration detention and children: separating fact from fiction

PezzulloConsistent with the law of the land, and under direction of the government of the day, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection operates a policy of keeping children in detention only as a last resort, and releasing those children that might be in detention as soon as reasonably practicable.

This is a very contentious area of public policy and administration. Sometimes emotions rise and facts gets distorted. For the reputation of my Department and its officers, it is crucial that I set the record straight: the Department and its uniformed operational arm, the Australian Border Force, does not operate beyond the law, nor is it an immoral ‘rogue agency’.

Recent comparisons of immigration detention centres to ‘gulags’; suggestions that detention involves a “public numbing and indifference” similar to that allegedly experienced in Nazi Germany; and persistent suggestions that detention facilities are places of ‘torture’ are highly offensive, unwarranted and plainly wrong – and yet they continue to be made in some quarters. [Read more…]


Scott Morrison Announces Formation Of Australian Border Force; “Reform Dividend Of Stopping The Boats”

The federal government is to create an Australian Border Force in 2015 to “protect the border and facilitate the lawful passage of people and goods”.

MorrisonThe Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, made the announcement today in a speech to the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

He said the Australian Border Force would be established as part of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. It will be led by a Commissioner with the same standing as the Commissioner of the Federal Police, the Chief of the Defence Force and the Director General of ASIO. The Commissioner will report directly to the Immigration Minister. [Read more…]


Howard Attacks Latham As ‘Weak’ On Border Protection

Prime Minister John Howard has attack Opposition Leader Mark Latham, describing him as ‘weak’ on border protection.

Speaking in Sydney today, Howard said Latham was weaker on border protection than either Kim Beazley or Simon Crean.

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Latham Announces Labor’s Border Protection Policy

A week before the ALP’s National Conference meets in Sydney the Opposition Leader, Mark Latham, and the Shadow Minister for Homeland Security, Robert McClelland, have released the party’s policy on border protection.

Text of ALP policy on Border Protection.

Better Policy To Protect Our Borders

Protecting our borders demands self-reliance. That’s why a Latham Labor Government will put in place tough new laws to deal with people smugglers under Australian law. [Read more…]


Trade Issues On Agenda For Howard’s American Visit

Prime Minister John HowardThe Prime Minister, John Howard, has left Australia for a week-long trip to the United States.

The main purpose of the visit is to attend a meeting of the International Democratic Union, an organisation of centre-right political parties (see earlier report). He will also address a Joint Session of the US Congress, fulfilling a commitment derailed by the September 11 terrorist attacks. [Read more…]