Coalition strengthens borders
The Coalition Government is delivering on its election commitment of restoring Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) and resolving Labor’s legacy of 30,000 unprocessed cases - the next successful step for the government after stopping the boats.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said these are the changes that can be achieved when you get your border protection policies right.
“The agreement with the crossbenchers in the Senate has demonstrated the government’s ability to work constructively and attract support for our policies that make a real difference.”
The Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 passed the Parliament on Friday.
“This new legislation will further strengthen our country’s borders and ensure that the deaths at sea will always be a thing of the past,” Mr Wilson said.
The government will be bringing the children on Christmas Island to the mainland before Christmas, to be included in the legacy caseload.
The intake for the Refugee and Humanitarian Programme will increase by 7,500 places over four years. This increase will be fully funded by offsets within the Immigration and Border Protection portfolio.
“Work rights will be granted to those arrivals in the community waiting processing of their asylum claims to help lessen the burden of welfare payments on tax payers.
“No one who arrived in Australia illegally by boat will get the people smugglers’ promise of permanent protection visas and a passport to permanent welfare. They will able to apply for a Temporary Protection Visa or a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa,” Mr Wilson said.
Safe Haven Enterprise Visas, are alternative temporary visas to the TPV, and encourage enterprise through earning and learning. The visas will be valid for five years and will enable holders to move to designated areas to fill regional job vacancies after which they may be able to apply for an onshore visa.
“The boats are stopping under the Coalition as promised and we are getting on with the job of cleaning up Labor’s mess on our borders,” he said.