Dutton says Australia won't 'surrender our sovereignty' by signing UN migration deal
Australian immigration and asylum Dutton says Australia won't 'surrender our sovereignty' by signing UN migration deal
Minister takes umbrage with parts of global agreement which insist migration detention should only be used as a last resort
Australia will not sign a United Nations migration agreement it helped negotiate âin its current formâ, Peter Dutton has declared, insisting it is a matter of sovereignty.
Confirming the contents of an article which appeared in the Australian earlier this week, the home affairs minister told Sydney radio 2GB that Australia would not sign the UN global compact for migration, which aims to address migration issues in a âsafe, orderly and regularâ way, if it stayed in its present incarnation.The $225,000 campaign to dislodge Peter Dutton from Dickson Read more
Australia has taken umbrage at parts of the final draft, which insist âmigration detentionâ should only be used âas a measure of last resort and work towards alternativesâ.
The final draft also includes a commitment to âreview and revise relevant legislation, policies and practices related to immigration detention to ensure that migrants are not d etained arbitrarily, that decisions to detain are based on law, are proportionate, have a legitimate purpose, and are taken on an individual basis, in full compliance with due process and procedural safeguards, and that immigration detention is not promoted as a deterrent or used as a form of cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment to migrants, in accordance with international human rights lawâ.
Itâs not in our national interest to sign our border protection policy over to the UNPeter Dutton
Dutton told Alan Jones that while Australia was happy to negotiate âin good faithâ, âweâre not going to sign any document thatâs not in our national interest and itâs not in our national interest to sign our border protection policy over to the UNâ.
âWeâre not going to sign a deal that sacrifices anything in terms of our border protection policies,â he said.
âWeâve fought hard for them,â he said, adding Australia would not sign at all if it was deemed by the government to be ânot in our national interestsâ.
âWeâre not going to surrender our sovereignty â" Iâm not going to allow unelected bodies dictate to us, to the Australian people.â
The United States left negotiations late last year, while last week, Hungary became the second UN member state to withdraw, with its prime minister, Viktor OrbÃ¡n, who was elected on an anti-immigration platform, pulling his nation from the deal.
Labor has stayed relatively quiet on the issue, with immigration becoming the latest flashpoint in the super Saturday byelection campaigns, an issue which will continue to dominate the political agenda, as the nation heads to a general election in less than a year.
Earlier this month, Dutton contradicted Scott Morrisonâs claim that lower immigration levels would cost the budget, after it was revealed just under 162,420 people had permanently migrated to Austr alia in the last financial year, a drop from the 183,608 people who followed the same path the year before.
Morrison had warned that following Tony Abbottâs proposal to cut migration numbers by 80,000 people would cost the Australian economy between $4bn and $5bn over four years, but Dutton argued there was an economic argument to make for cutting migration numbers.Peter Dutton contradicts Morrison and says migrant cut positive for the economy Read more
âItâs [the impact of lower migration numbers] a positive one, because if weâre bringing more productive people in, then thereâs more economic benefit for our country and thereâs also greater societal benefit as well.â
On Tuesday, Duttonâs office announced 600 people smugglers had been arrested since Operation Sovereign Borders was initiated under the Abbott government in 2013, with 33 boats turned back and 70 people-smuggling operations interrupted.
Dutton released the infor mation in an attempt to bolster his argument that Labor, under pressure from a push from its left factions, was seeking to dump the governmentâs policy and ârestart the boatsâ.
In response, Bill Shorten said âthe people smugglers will not get back into business regardless of who is the government of Australiaâ, while accusing Dutton of attempting to provoke people-smuggling operations into action.
âI think the government is trying to goad the people smugglers and goad the boats,â Shorten said.
âYou almost get a sense they miss them. Thatâs the only issue they can talk about in the byelections.âTopics
- Australian immigration and asylum
- United Nations
- Peter Dutton
- Australian law
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