Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, leader of the Liberal Party, plans to introduce legislation to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into Australia.
The ban will apply to any adult who has been sent to detention centres on Nauru or Manus Island since 19 July 2013.
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In the last twenty years, sixty thousand ‘boat people’ have arrived from Indonesia and Myanmar to Australia, and thousands of people have died trying to make the dangerous trip in boats that frequently are not up to the task.
“They must know that the door to Australia is closed to those who seek to come here by boat with a people smuggler, ” Turnbull said.
Australia accepts about 13, 000 legal refugees every year. Malcolm called his government “one of the most generous humanitarian programs in the world.”
In addition, Australia government committed to accepting 12, 000 refugees from Syria and Iraq.