Scott Morrison stepped up the government’s attack on Labour’s border protection policies while speaking out from Perth.
Labor supports two of the coalition’s policies on boat arrivals: detention at sea and boat pushbacks. But the opposition does not support temporary protection visas, arguing that they force refugees to live for years in limbo.
The Labor Party’s alternative policy is to abolish temporary protection visas and convert them to permanent visas. Anthony Albanese says temporary protection visas are not needed when there are no boat arrivals.
However, Morrison says temporary protection visas remain a crucial part of government policy.
“When Labor abolished temporary protection visas in 2008, the armada of smuggler boats arrived in Australia and that was the starting point,” the Prime Minister said.
“Anthony Albanese was one of the most vocal critics of the government’s border protection policies. He was wrong then, and he still is.
“I’m amazed that after all this time, Anthony Albanese is saying he would abolish temporary protection visas if he became prime minister.”
The Coalition today pledged to spend $124 million on two new advanced Cape-class patrol vessels in Western Australia. This purchase will support approximately 400 direct jobs, according to the Coalition.
“This investment not only helps secure our borders, it secures hundreds of shipbuilding jobs in Western Australia,” the Prime Minister said.