Senate debates

Monday, 12 September 2016


Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee; Reference

3:46 pm

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

The government will not waver in our commitment to the strong and consistent border protection policies that have stopped the boats and prevented deaths at sea. Regional processing is vital to ensuring our borders remain secure. We have seen the disastrous consequences of weak border protection policies. The naive mistakes of Labor and the Greens saw 50,000 people arrive on more than 800 boats. The human impact was tragic with at least 1200 men, women and children losing their lives at sea. We continue to deal with the legacy of these mistakes to this day. Our border protection policies will not change. No-one in regional processing centres will be resettled in Australia.


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