The Conversation – 5 August 2015
At the ALP national conference in July, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten unveiled a suite of measures on asylum seeker policy. This included some that addressed the protection needs of asylum seekers and refugees, such as:
- improving conditions for asylum seekers in offshore detention;
- fast-tracking offshore asylum claims;
- improving procedural safeguards for processing onshore asylum claims; and
- making a substantial contribution to reducing the regional and international refugee burden by doubling Australia’s annual humanitarian intake.
Shorten won an internal battle against the ALP’s Left faction to leave open the option of turning back asylum seeker boats if Labor wins government. So, are there any differences left between Labor’s asylum policies and the Coalition’s?
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