Defence force chief shuns Coalition boat policy

Defence force chief shuns Coalition boat policy

Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley has spoken out publicly against the Coalition’s asylum seekers policy, saying people smugglers would soon find a way to get around the turning back of boats.

The Opposition has long insisted turning back the boats at sea when its safe to do so, would be a deterrent.

Speaking to Sky News overnight, General Hurley said while he will always work with the government of the day, he doesn’t think that policy would last long.

He says as soon as measures or barriers were put in place at sea, people smugglers would soon find a way to get around them.

He’s also discussed claims of sexual assault in the Defence Force, confirming there are around 10 people still serving in the military who may have been involved in alleged rape, in the 1980s and 90s.

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