Refugee Action Coalition Says Abbott Wants To Recycle Failed Howard Policies On Asylum-Seekers

The Opposition Leader, Mr Abbott, called yesterday for temporary protection visas to be reintroduced, the Nauru detention centre to be re-opened, and boats carrying asylum-seekers to be turned away from Australian waters. Mr Abbott’s comments came after last week’s shipwreck off Christmas Island, where at least 30 asylum-seekers were killed.

Ian Rintoul of the Refugee Action Coalition told 4ZZZ News that Mr Abbott’s response was the wrong one. Click on the link below to hear his comment

Herald-Sun columnist Andrew Bolt said last week the Labor Government’s policies on asylum-seekers led to last week’s deaths. This is despite work published on the Crikey.com website in 2009 showing the amount of war and upheaval in the world, not government policies, is what affects the amount of asylum-seekers.

Even though asylum-seeker numbers are not affected by Government policy, the 2010 Mapping Social Cohesion report by Monash University’s Professor Andrew Markus (pdf file) shows a majority of Australians do not support asylum-seekers arriving by boat, and support harsher policies towards them.

Photo: Ian Rintoul by David Jackmanson

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  1. Pingback: Brisbane Line Interview: Refugee Action Coalition Responds To Tony Abbott Wanting Old Asylum Policies Back | 4ZzZFM NEWS

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