Today the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, announced wide-ranging legislation designed to further prevent asylum seekers attempting to access Australia by sea.
“Today I announce that we will be introducing legislation to ban the use of boats in any jurisdiction involving water or the intent to create water for use as a boat enabling substance,” Morrison stated.
“What we have seen over the past six months is a significant reduction in illegal maritime arrivals, but there remains undeniable evidence that boats are a key link in the chain that we’re determined to remove”
The accompanying glossy policy document, whose cover features members of the Sutherland Shire group ‘Kids for Border Security in the Shire’, covers off the specifics of the proposed policy. These include a canoe buyback scheme and increased training subsidies for the commercial fishing industry in the use of drones for fishing.