The Morrison Government will not compromise on strong border protection.

After the last Labor government dismantled Australia’s effective border security policies:

  • Over 50,000 people arrived on over 800 boats.
  • There were 1,200 deaths at sea (that we know of).
  • Over 8,000 children were in detention.
  • 17 detention centres needed to open.
  • Labor’s border failures caused a cost blow out of $17 billion.

Our effective policies, first enacted by Scott Morrison as Immigration Minister, include:

  • offshore processing;
  • Temporary Protection Visas (which deny people smugglers a product to sell);
  • boat turn-backs when it is safe to do so.

Since this Government was elected, it has returned over 800 people from 34 boats and disrupted another 80 attempted ventures.

Each of these policies are necessary, to protect our borders and deny people smugglers a product to sell.

Stopping the boats has enabled the Government to close 19 detention centres and remove all children from detention.

Because we restored integrity to our immigration system, we could increase Australia’s generous refugee and humanitarian program from 13,750 refugees in 2013-14 to 18,750 in 2018-19.

Recently, we repealed Labor’s reckless ‘Medevac’ laws, which undermined our strong border protection regime.

CANCELLING VISAS OF CRIMINALS

We have increased the Minister’s power to cancel visas for non-citizens convicted of a serious crime. This has resulted in a 12-fold increase in visa cancellations.

Since December 2014, the Government has cancelled the visas of over 5,000 dangerous criminals.

This includes: 93 for murder; 220 for rape or sexual assault; 452 child sex offenders; 714 for armed robbery; and 852 for drug offenses.

The Morrison Government has put forward legislation to toughen the character test to allow visa cancellations where a non-citizen has been convicted of violent offences, weapons, breaching of an apprehended violence order (or similar) or non-consensual sexual acts, even when the sentence is less than 12 months.

This will help keep the community safe from foreign criminals who have been convicted of violent and sexual crimes.

CANCELLING CITIZENSHIP FOR TERRORIST CONDUCT (DUAL NATIONALS)

The Liberal and Nationals Government have passed legislation to revoke the citizenship of any dual-national who engages in terrorism. This includes foreign fighters who seek to return here.

STOPPING DRUGS AT THE BORDER

The Government is working with other governments to stop drugs at their source.

For example, we established Taskforce Blaze – the first ever task force of its kind between agencies in Australia and China – which has seized around 20 tonnes of drugs and precursors, including nearly 8 tonnes of methamphetamine.

The Liberal and Nationals Government have sent drug offenders packing. After strengthening the Migration Act in 2014, we have cancelled the visas of 852 drug dealers.

Information current as at February 2020