The Federal Government is abandoning its own policy to allow asylum seekers to stay in Australia despite the fact that the Coalition has vowed to end the country’s offshore processing of refugees.
Read more: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says the Government is “trying to get it over with” as it prepares to deliver on its election promise of a $500 million border security fund.
Key points:The Government is taking a “more cautious approach” to the offshore processing system, the ABC’s Julie Bishop reports from Canberra”The Government has given the Australian Government an opportunity to have an impact on this issue, but I’m afraid we’re just trying to get this over with,” Mr Dutton told reporters on Monday.
He said the Government was “looking at the issue in terms of how we are able to manage this flow of people”.
“The policy is that the Government has decided that it’s going to do this offshore processing in a way that is more in the interest of the community, but also we’re looking at the policy in terms how we manage the flow of asylum seekers in a safe way,” he said.
“There’s a number of things that we are considering that we’ve made recommendations to the Government.”
I don’t want to speculate, I don’t have the details of what we are going to consider, but obviously we’re going to be talking to the Australian community and the Government about what the policy is and what it looks like in terms a flow and flow of refugees.
“The Opposition has accused the Government of abandoning its promise to end Australia’s offshore detention system.”
The Abbott Government’s policies to offshore the detention of asylum seeker children are turning a blind eye to the thousands of people who will lose their lives in Australia because of these policies,” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said.
He urged the Government to “step up and do something”.”
We’re calling on the Prime Minister to act and give asylum seekers a safe and legal pathway to protection.
“The Federal Government’s policy to end offshore processing is one of the policy changes under consideration by the Coalition.
In an article in the Australian Financial Journal, Mr Durden said it was “unlikely” the Coalition would end offshore detention.”
It is likely the Government will continue to allow the offshore system to operate under current conditions,” he wrote.”
But it is not likely that the offshore detention regime will be reformed to allow a significant increase in the number of offshore processing places, or to remove the current backlog of cases.””
The Coalition has promised to end this regime, and I think that the current policy has proven to be a disaster for asylum seekers.
“Mr Dutton said it would be “premature” to speculate on the “policy” change.”
We will look at it again as we look at the policies that we have in place,” he told reporters.
The Coalition’s policy, which has been described as a “failed experiment”, has led to criticism from human rights groups.
The Refugee Council of Australia has called it a “wasteful” and “unhelpful” policy that had caused “chronic, ongoing and ongoing” human rights abuse.”
If we are serious about preventing these abuses, we need to look at other approaches to protecting our people and our communities from harm,” the group’s president, Sally Quigley, said.”[It] is a failed experiment that has caused many human rights abuses, such as forced migration and detention without charge or trial.
“For many people it has meant they’ve been forced into the system for years, and have not had the right to challenge the system, to appeal against their detention or to make a case against their immigration detention.”
Read more”We can’t just ignore the issue.
We need to put this to an end and we need an inquiry into what’s happened, and we will do that if the Prime Ministers plan doesn’t include an end to the current offshore detention policy.”
The Coalition was elected in May promising to end detention of refugees, but has not yet made a decision on the future of the offshore-processing system.
The ABC’s Ms Bishop reports.
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