Call for asylum seeker reform

Updated April 23 2018 - 11:09pm, first published June 23 2014 - 3:00am

Irrespective of whether it is ALP or Coalition policy, the approach to the treatment and processing of people who arrive at our border seeking asylum demonstrates a clear failure of imagination. Both sides of the political divide seem to think there are only two options: 1. Processing offshore at Manus Island and/or Nauru, or 2. Onshore processing. It is quite apparent that the model that was successful in the processing of thousands of asylum seekers from Vietnam and Cambodia following the fall of South Vietnam in 1975 and the murderous Pol Pot regime in Cambodia should once again be adopted. This approach was designed to stop the boats and it was quite successful.

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