View Full Version : Australia Leaves UN Migration Pact — Won’t Risk ‘Hard-Won’ Border Control Success

11-22-2018, 05:51 PM
Australia will not be signing up to the UN migration pact, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said, explaining he was was not willing to risk the government’s successes in fighting people trafficking.

“The compact would risk encouraging illegal entry and reverse Australia’s hard-won successes in combating the people smuggling trade,” he said in a joint statement with Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

“We believe that the compact is inconsistent with our well-established policies and not in Australia’s interests,” asserted the ministers, adding that the document “fails to adequately distinguish between people who enter Australia illegally and those who come to Australia the right way, particularly with respect to the provision of welfare and other benefits”.

“We do not believe that adopting this agreement will add anything to enhancing our capacity to control our borders and manage our successful migration program.”

Mr Morrison was a major architect of Australia’s ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’ policy that brought an end to asylum seeker arrivals at sea, and the accompanying drowning deaths, by turning the boats back and building offshore processing centres in the Pacific islands.