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TPV's no deterrent to boat arrivals
THE HON RICHARD MARLES MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION MEMBER FOR CORIO
TPV’s NO DETERRENT TO BOAT ARRIVALS
Federal Labor successfully supported a disallowance motion of the Migration Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas) Regulation 2013 on 2 December 2103 in the Senate. This has had the effect of stopping the reintroduction of TPV’s.
With the PNG Regional Resettlement Arrangement in place the Abbott Government’s stated rationale for TPV’s is redundant. If TPV’s are not to apply to any new arrivals in Australia, because they are being resettled in PNG, then TPV’s cannot act as a deterrent. They will only apply to a cohort which is already in Australia.
What the PNG arrangement did was take Australia off the table, and that is what has made the difference in helping to stop the boats.
The last thing we want to do, through TPVs, is to put Australia back on the table.
Labor’s position on TPV’s is clear. The evidence speaks for itself. As a deterrent they are redundant and indeed have the potential to act as an encouragement for people taking a risky boat voyage. Once in Australia TPV’s are a significant cause of distress for which the whole community pays.
TUESDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2013
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