The Case for Off-Shore Processing
The case for effective, humane border policy was put by Chris Bowen, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Justice. They made the best presentation of the argument I’ve heard. They spoke of “irregular maritime arrivals” which is what the refugee boats phenomenon is. But both branded it as a species of “trans-national crime”, which is the only way of looking at people-smuggling. O’Connor said these are not latter-day Oskar Schindlers, and he is right. As a result, Australia must have “effective border arrangements”. And he is right here as well. To grant permanent residence to everyone brought here by a people-smuggler is to invite the Australian people to fling you from office.
The Australian people are right to expect the Government to deliver what O’Connor called “effective border arrangements”.
Bowen is right to stress the necessity of off-shore processing to smash the “business model” of the people-smugglers.
There should be no apologies necessary for responding in this way.