More illegal arrivals during campaign than last 6 years of Coalition Government,
Wednesday 18th August 2010
More people have illegally arrived by boat during the election campaign than arrived in the last six years of the Coalition Government, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.
“The sixth boat arrival of the campaign means that 305 people have now arrived illegally during this election campaign, well above the 220 people that arrived over the last six years of the Coalition Government,” Mr Morrison said.
“The boats keep coming under Julia Gillard. This is the 153rd boat to arrive since Labor dismantled the Coalition’s strong border protection policies and the 85th this year alone. Yet another arrival shows that as long as Labor is in business, the people smugglers are in business,” he said.
“The Labor Party’s empty rhetoric on border protection was again exposed last night by South Australian Senator Anne McEwen, leader of Labor’s South Australian Senate ticket.
“At a debate organised by Getup! Senator McEwen was asked by moderator Senator Nick Xenophon if Kevin Rudd’s description of people smugglers as ‘scum’ was an example of emotive language that was inappropriate in discussing refugees and asylum seekers.
“In an extraordinary defence of the people smuggling racket, Senator McEwen stated that ‘People smugglers are just people trying to make a buck.’
“Julia Gillard must explain today whether she agrees with Senator McEwen who has betrayed Labor's real views on this issue and why Labor abolished the strong border protection regime they inherited from the Coalition.
“In defending the vile trade of people smuggling as ‘just people trying to make a buck’ Senator McEwen demonstrated Labor’s lack of commitment to stopping this abhorrent trade,” Mr Morrison said.
Mr Keenan said: “Today we have seen further evidence of the cost of this government’s failure to secure Australia’s borders, particularly to the people of Western Australia.
“The government’s secret plan to expand the Curtin Detention Centre is proof Labor has no intention and no resolve to stop the boats.
“Only the Coalition has a real plan to bring an end to the people smuggling trade to Australia,” he said.
Smuggling Muslims into Australia is illegal, this Labor endorsed and facilitated smuggling ring has to be smashed and the Australian connection exposed shut down and it’s Australian based organizer’s tried and JAILED.. Abbott must implement a Royal Commission if he is elected on Saturday.