Senate debates

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Questions without Notice

Asylum Seekers

2:21 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection) Share this | Hansard source

The policies of the former Labor-Greens government were directly responsible for the unfair playing field in relation to genuine refugees seeking to come to Australia. Labor and the Greens deliberately outsourced the management of Australia's border protection to the people smugglers, who then sold places in our humanitarian settlement program to the highest bidder. We saw one of them last night on the ABC's 7.30 program, a Mr Arash Sedigh, who admitted that the reason he had come illegally to Australia—he had tried two times—was that 'his skilled migration visa had been refused'. So he wanted to come to Australia by boat so he could get a job. There is nothing fair about those policies. (Time expired)


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