Boat peo­ple face Aussie lifetime ban

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

SYD­NEY: Aus­tralia moved yes­ter­day to bar any refugee or asy­lum-seeker who ar­rives in the coun­try il­le­gally by boat from ever be­ing able to ap­ply for a visa, even as Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said the lifetime ban was nec­es­sary to send an “ab­so­lutely, un­flinch­ing, un­equiv­o­cal mes­sage”.

Amend­ments to the Mi­gra­tion Act would be back­dated to mid-2013, when for­mer La­bor prime min­is­ter Kevin Rudd de­clared: “As of to­day, asy­lum-seek­ers who come here by boat without a visa will never be set­tled in Aus­tralia.”

Canberra cur­rently sends all boat­peo­ple to off­shore pro­cess­ing camps on the Pa­cific is­lands of Nauru and Pa­pua New Guinea’s Manus. They are al­ready blocked from be­ing re­set­tled in Aus­tralia even if found to be gen­uine refugees. They can ei­ther re­turn home, make a life on Manus or Nauru, or go to a third coun­try.

The new leg­is­la­tion would af­fect those sent to Nauru and Manus from July 19, 2013, in­clud­ing those who have re­turned home. – AFP

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