Government to introduce asylum bill to parliament

Government to introduce asylum bill to parliament

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says he expects the Opposition to support his proposal to excise the entire Australian continent from the migration zone, to deter asylum seekers trying to reach the mainland by boat.

Mr Bowen will introduce the legislation into parliament today, which would allow asylum seekers who arrive on the Australian mainland to be sent offshore to Nauru or Manus Island for processing.

A similar plan was voted down in 2006 under the Howard government, but has again been recommended by the Government’s Expert Panel on asylum seekers.

Opposition Immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison says the Coaltion has not yet decided whether to support the bill.

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