The Liberal and Nationals Government will continue to ensure strong protection of Australia’s borders.

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.

The cost of Labor losing control of our borders is $17 billion and counting.

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

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

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 of Labor’s children from detention.

The Government is now spending a billion dollars less every year on onshore detention arrangements than when we came into office.

We repealed Labor’s reckless ‘Medevac’ laws, which undermined our strong border protection regime.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

Between December 2014 and November 2020, the Government cancelled or refused the visas of over 8,500 dangerous criminals.

This includes: 209 for murder; 404 for rape or sexual assault; 684 child sex offenders; 468 for armed robbery; and 1,461 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 offences, 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.

To date, under the Coalition’s citizenship cancellation laws, 20 dual nationals have ceased to hold Australian citizenship as a result of their engagement in terrorist conduct.

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 26 tonnes of drugs and precursors.

The Liberal and Nationals Government have sent drug offenders packing. Between December 2014 and November 2020, we have cancelled or refused the visas of 1,461 people for drug offences.

Information current as at January 2021