Senate debates

Monday, 9 September 2019

Questions without Notice

Migration

2:59 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) Share this | Hansard source

Again, thank you to Senator O'Sullivan for the supplementary question. As we have consistently made it clear in these matters, if you blink, if you hesitate for less than a second, you send a very, very clear message to the people smugglers. You basically tell the people smugglers that Australia is reopened for business. It is not enough to just put in place the tough policies, to stop the boats, to stop the deaths at sea, to get the children out of detention, to actually close the detention centres; it is critical—

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