Senate debates

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Questions without Notice

National Security

2:38 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Women) Share this | Hansard source

Yes, I can. As I said, the threat was made very clear this week when Mr Shorten, on behalf of the Australian Labor Party, said he would no longer undertake bipartisanship in relation to border security. Labor failed to take responsibility for their policy failures when they were in government. It is a fact that there has not been a successful people-smuggling venture to Australia for over 830 days.

Cast your mind back to but a few years ago when those opposite were in government. Mr President, do you remember every other day of the week another press release was issued, and what did that press release say? Yet another successful people smuggling venture to Australia. That is not good enough. They opened detention centres. Do you know what we did? We closed them. They put children into detention. Do you know what we did? We got them out—and we intend to continue in that way. (Time expired)


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