Thursday, 16 August 2012
Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2012; In Committee
There are 68,000, in fact—68,000 people have overstayed their visas in Australia, but they are not to be subjected to the advantage/disadvantage test. The question I want to ask the minister is: why is it that people from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan cannot get visas? Can you please tell me why it is they are not able to fly in on a student visa, a tourist visa or some other visa and seek asylum at the airport? Why is it that they have no option but to come by boat?