ALP agrees to boat turn-backs

ALP national conference: Labor delegates vote down ban on asylum seeker boat turnbacks

ABC News – 25 July 2015

The Labor national conference has voted down a motion to reject the policy of turning back asylum seeker boats after an emotional and passionate debate.

The hour-long debate was initially interrupted by protesters who unfurled a banner saying “no refugee tow backs”.

Others who were shouting out their opposition to the plan were removed by security.

“Labor Party president Mark Butler, who was chairing the session, initially declared the motion defeated “on the voices” and after a show of hands.

“Senior Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese voted for the motion to ban turn-backs.

“Other senior frontbenchers from the Left faction, Penny Wong and Tanya Plibersek gave their votes to proxies, who also supported Mr Giles’s motion banning boat turn-backs.”

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