DUTTON CAN'T AFFORD TO FAIL ON THE WORLD STAGE
THE HON SHAYNE NEUMANN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION
DUTTON CAN’T AFFORD TO FAIL ON THE WORLD STAGE
Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull cannot afford to fail on the world stage as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees calls on Australia to ‘find solutions’ for those residing in the offshore processing centres on Manus Island and Nauru. The Government has had three years, but has failed to secure viable third country resettlement options for individuals in the centres.
After grandstanding on the world stage, Peter Dutton cannot come back to Australia without a clear plan to resettle the people who are currently living in the Australian funded offshore detention centres, and to provide them with a future other than indefinite detention.
Labor remains committed to a combination of measures, including offshore processing and turning back boats to prevent people smugglers from exploiting vulnerable people.
Peter Dutton’s inability to secure resettlement options has increasingly placed offshore processing arrangements at risk, with the Papua New Guinea Government announcing that the Manus centre must close and now, with reports that Connect Settlement Services will join other major contracting firms in not seeking renewal of contracts, the centre on Nauru risks being left with no service providers to operate it. Peter Dutton’s time to deliver on a future for those in the centres is fast running out.
Labor calls on the Turnbull Government to also commit to do its part by increasing Australia’s humanitarian intake to 27,000 a year by 2025 in line will Labor’s pre-election commitment.
Coming back to Australia without confirmed third country arrangements and a commitment to increase Australia’s humanitarian intake would be a failure for the Turnbull Government on the world stage.
TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2016