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Another boat as Labor's hypocrisy on skilled migration exposed

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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling ANOTHER BOAT AS LABOR’S HYPOCRISY ON SKILLED MIGRATION EXPOSED March 12, 2013

The arrival of another illegal boat, with over 100 people on board, comes as budget figures reveal Labor are slashing the budget for policing immigration in Australia, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.

“As over 100 more people illegally arrive in Australia on another boat, Labor’s cuts to the budget for policing our immigration system have been exposed in the Parliament,” Mr Morrison said.

“Just as they dismantled the Howard government’s strong border protection regime, resulting in over 570 boat arrivals with over 33,000 people on board, Labor has also slashed the ability of the Department of Immigration to police our migration program at home, including the 457 visa scheme which Labor claims to be out of control.

“Labor have failed on our borders and have now been exposed as walking away from policing our immigration laws at home as well.

“When John Howard left office $74 million was spent on visa enforcement. Now Labor is spending $63.8 million and this year’s budget has it falling to $52 million. The Prime Minister can’t say that she wants to deal with abuses in skilled migration, when the Government has spent the past five years slashing the budget that put police on the beat in immigration to enforce the laws.

“Labor’s attack on skilled migrants, who’ve been at the heart and soul of building this country, is nothing but a cheap tactic to distract attention from their biggest disaster on our borders - their failure to stop the boats,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “Another huge illegal boat arrival, carrying 105 passengers, has been assisted off the coast of Christmas Island as the Gillard Government continues to focus internally on its own political problems.

“There have now been more than 11,000 people arrive illegally by boat since the Government agreed to reopen offshore processing on Nauru.

“It is clear that Labor’s decision to only implement one of the Coalition’s policies rather than the full suite of proven border protection policies has failed to stop the boats from coming.

“You cannot just cherry pick policies and expect the same results - Labor must restore temporary protection visas and turning the boats back around if they are serious about stopping the boats from coming,” Mr Keenan said.

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