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TPVs needed before onset of monsoon season

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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling TPVs NEEDED BEFORE ONSET OF MONSOON SEASON

November 28, 2012

The latest two illegal boat arrivals, with a total of almost 100 people on board, comes as Labor will be given the chance before the monsoon season sets in to reverse their decision to oppose the Coalition’s bill to reintroduce Temporary Protection Visas and deny people smugglers the product to sell, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister

for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.

“Yet more illegal boats follow the 250th arrival yesterday, another milestone of failure under Julia Gillard. With more than 30,500 arrivals, more people have now turned up on boats than have been connected to the Government’s National Broadband Network,” Mr Morrison said.

“The record rate of arrivals and the looming monsoon season should force Labor to swallow their pride and use this last week of Parliament for the year to support the Coalition’s bill for the reintroduction of Temporary Protection Visas, circulated to the Government and key cross benchers this evening.

“Last weekend the Government vowed to oppose the Coalition’s bill to restore Temporary Protection Visas without even seeing it. Labor’s opposition to TPVs that deny family reunion and provide the opportunity for people to be returned home when they are no longer refugees, is unsustainable, just like their longstanding opposition to offshore processing, that they were forced to recant.

“Labor can clearly no longer claim any objection to TPVs on principle, as in the Parliament this week Labor jettisoned all pretence of principle by introducing and voting for a law to effectively remove the Australian mainland from our migration zone, which when introduced by the Howard Government they said was a stain on our national character. All that is left is stubborn pride.

“Temporary Protection Visas will end the lure of permanent residency that people smugglers use to get people on dangerous illegal boat journeys to Australia. TPVs must be restored to the armoury needed in the fight against people smugglers, particularly as we come into the most dangerous time of the year for boat journeys to be undertaken. It will be too late after Parliament rises to consider this bill.

“The Coalition will move to reintroduce TPVs before parliament rises. Labor must end their stubborn opposition and the farce of their bridge to permanent residence visa and finally agree with the Coalition’s bill to take the people smugglers’ product of permanent residence off the table,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “This latest arrival is the 252nd boat for 2012 - by the Prime Minister’s own standard, this is the 252nd Labor policy failure on border protection for this year alone.

“After 524 boats carrying over 30,500 people, this Government should be apologising to the Australian people for the chaos they created at our borders and for the complete breakdown of our immigration system.

“Five years ago Australia had a robust border protection system and only four people in detention - now after five years of a Labor Government we have people smuggling syndicates using Australian patrol vessels as their daily water taxi service and over 12,000 people in detention.

“After these myriad policy failures under Labor, it will take a Coalition Government to put an end to the people smuggling syndicates that have flourished under this Government’s watch,” Mr Keenan said.

© Authorised by Michael Keenan MP, 203 Wanneroo Road, Tuart Hill WA 6060