Senate debates

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Questions without Notice

Immigration Detention

2:48 pm

Photo of George BrandisGeorge Brandis (Queensland, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | Hansard source

Under the policies which were in place when the coalition was elected in 2013, we know that 1,200 men, women and children drowned at sea—1,200 that we know about—as a result of the most catastrophic policy failure in Australian history. We know that 50,000 people came to Australia unlawfully in some 800 boats because the Australian Labor Party had the 'problem under control'. We have fixed the problem. We have fixed a problem that cost more than 1,200 innocent lives. So, if you want to speak about people with blood on their hands, look to your right, do not look to the government!


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