THOUSANDS of asylum-seekers could have their bridging visas cancelled and be returned to immigration detention under a tough new asylum-seeker policy the Coalition is set to announce.
Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott are expected to outline plans today to deal with the more than 25,000 asylum-seekers already in Australia, but whose refugee claims have not yet been processed.
The TPVs would allow refugees to work but would prohibit family reunion rights, a feature critics of TPVs have argued creates an incentive for men to bring women and children on boats with them. One of the biggest changes proposed by the Coalition relates to refugee processing in Australia, which was suspended from August 12 last year, when the Houston expert panel on asylum-seekers handed down its report, until last month. During that time more than 25,000 asylum-seekers arrived, creating a massive backlog most in the field expected would take years to clear.
Since Tuesday, three boats carrying 252 asylum-seekers have arrived.
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said the plan was simply a rehash of a discredited Howard government policy.
He said boat numbers had dwindled since Labor announced its PNG offshore resettlement policy on July 19.
Dwindled to three boats since Tueday! Yeah…right Jason and I presume the “discredited Howard government policy” that actually stopped the boats is what you are referring to.
Can’t lie straight in bed!