Posted December 10, 2018 11:14:22 Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says he has been “deeply disappointed” by the Government’s handling of the refugee resettlement crisis in Australia’s offshore detention centres, which are being shut down under a series of controversial measures.
Key points:More than 50 asylum seekers are at Sydney’s Manus Island detention centre, with more than 200 still in detentionThe Government says its asylum seekers and refugees policy is a “robust and transparent” oneThe Opposition says it wants to reopen the centres to the publicBut Mr Morrison has told ABC Radio the Government has failed to respond adequately to the asylum seekers crisis and the Government needs to act more quickly.
“I’m deeply disappointed that the Government hasn’t responded in a timely manner to the refugee crisis, the crisis is deeply troubling, I’m very concerned that the situation is going to get worse,” he said.
“That’s why I’ve ordered my team to be fully involved with allocating more resources to the refugees, that’s why we’ve allocated a further $7 million to support those who are in detention and the refugees.”
The Federal Government has already announced $5 million for the refugees and $1 million to help the people in detention.
The Government has promised a more transparent asylum seeker resettlement process, including the return of asylum seekers to their country of origin.
Mr Morrison says the Government is also “robusting and transparent”, with its decision to close down the Manus and Nauru detention centres.
“Our policy is to provide for the people who have arrived in our country through offshore processing, who have come to this country to live, work and contribute to our society,” he told ABC radio on Wednesday.
“We are providing a robust and transparent process for them to be resettled in Australia, not only within the system that we have but also within the community and in our community.”
The process of resettling those people is robust and robust, and it’s transparent and transparent to the Australian people, and to the world.
“It’s not just a matter of what we do, we are making sure that the policy is robust, robust and that we’re putting resources in the right place.”
The Opposition said it wants the Government to reopen those centres.
Mr Hanson, who said the government has failed asylum seekers, refugees and the community, said he is “deepening” his calls for the Federal Government to return the refugees.
“This Government has shown time and time again that it is not fit for purpose, it is simply not fit to govern,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Greens said it is time to “reopen our borders and get out of our own way”.””
The failure to provide meaningful help to the people caught up in the Manuss Island and Nausauru camps and the appalling treatment of asylum seeker families, is beyond belief.”
The Greens said it is time to “reopen our borders and get out of our own way”.
“There are more than 50 people in Manus or Naurus detention centres and there is no end in sight,” Greens leader Christine Milne said.
Topics:government-and-politics,government-or-politics-and/politics-politics.australiaFirst posted December 11, 2018 13:08:06Contact Sarah BannisterMore stories from Victoria