Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon told Sky News the return to offshore processing saw boat flows drop about 90 per cent in the latter years of Labor’s term in government but said he believed turn-backs should be part of the policy toolkit.
“I think that there’s a powerful argument that you need a whole range of tools to ensure that the flows don’t begin again,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“Now, one of those tools currently is boat turn-backs. Personally I believe turn-backs will remain part of Labor policy.”
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