Australia’s Labor party wants Lankans returned

asylumAsylum-seekers, including those from Sri Lanka, intercepted at sea could be handed back to their home countries if a Labor government assessed they were not owed refugee protection, The Australian newspaper quoted Bill Shorten as saying today.

The Opposition Leader, asked to elaborate on his vision today, confirmed that “like the government” he would want asylum-seekers returned to their home countries if possible.

“When it comes to the issue of returning boats to source countries, what we would do is, like the government, we would assess whether or not the people coming from the source country are in danger of persecution, we would make that assessment. We will, the Labor Party will, honour our obligations under the Refugee Convention,” Shorten said in Melbourne.

The Coalition has come under fire for returning asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka, which has persecuted Tamils following the country’s civil war, and Vietnam, where communist authorities are cracking down on political dissent.

Shorten declined to rule any countries out of the turn-back policy.

“You have to look at the circumstances of the asylum-seekers in terms of are they in danger of persecution in their home country,” he said.

“We would adhere to our obligations under the Refugee Convention.”

Scott Morrison, who implemented Operation Sovereign Borders as immigration minister, criticised Labor’s approach as “a very bad karaoke version of the Coalition’s policy”.

“They not only said it couldn’t be done, that is turn backs, they said it shouldn’t be done in terms of turnbacks and so you can’t have any confidence in their ability to implement a policy that they clearly don’t believe in,” the Social Services Minister told Sydney radio station 2GB.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Since the ruling Liberal Government came to power there is no transparency about boat arrivals for security reasons and is treated as very confidential. Opposition Leader Shorten might do the same thing if he is elected to power as the former Labor Government lost because it was too transparent about the influx of boat people and the bad media propaganda.

  2. These boat people are Tamil Tiger Terrorists and they are being smuggled by the cult called TGF (Global Tamil Forum) for their drug trafficking activities. All these should be sent back.

  3. These Sr Lankan boat people are Tamil Tiger Terrorists and they are being smuggled by the cult called TGF (Global Tamil Forum) for their drug trafficking activities. All these should be sent back.

  4. My God, Why don’t Sri Lanka let the Australian Labour Party have them back. These Labour politicians will lokk after all ruffians with tax payers money and these asylum seekers once let in will also rob the tax payers by breaking into their houses.

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