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Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 05.44 GMT

Australia acts swiftly to deny people smugglers' promise of permanent visas


The government has acted swiftly to ensure that none of the 33 000 people who arrived in Australia illegally by boat will be granted a permanent visa, despite the Greens and Labor disallowing temporary protection visas, Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison said.

'Unlike Labor and the Greens, the Coalition will never act to honour the promise of a people smuggler by providing their customers with permanent visas in Australia,' Mr Morrison said.

'The government's actions mean that no further permanent protection visas can be granted to any onshore applicants this financial year, thereby denying permanent residence to any of the 33 000 people onshore in Australia who arrived illegally by boat on Labor's watch, and honouring our promise to the Australian people.

'This government has acted to shut Labor's shop on permanent visas for illegal boat arrivals and no amount of grandstanding by Labor and the Greens will prise it open again.

'Labor and the Greens' theatrics in the Parliament have not served to restore permanent visas for people who have come to Australia illegally by boat, he said.





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