The Left wing of the Labor party is pushing for an opening of Australia's borders at its national conference in Adelaide today.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi pointed to Labor's penchant for open borders as evidenced by its support this month of an amendment to the Migration Act to force medical evacuations of illegal boat people from Nauru to the Australian mainland.
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The news comes as the Daily Telegraph reports, illegal boat people have sent $5 million back home to their families while taking welfare payments from the Australian government.
More than 8,000 asylum seekers who arrived by boat are under investigation for lying about their income and assets to receive welfare payment designed to support vulnerable migrants while the government processes their refugee claims.
National security agencies have identified 44 people who have made large payments of up to $450,000 to countries including Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Indonesia.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the government would not let these people get away with “duping” Australians.
“These people came to Australia illegally by boat, claim to be penniless, take taxpayers hard-earned dollars in welfare and then inexplicably have access to large amounts of money that they transfer around the world,” he said.
In total almost $5 million has been transferred offshore with each individual sending home an average $100,000.
In one case, an asylum seeker who arrived in 2013 claiming to be stateless has sent over $450,000 to Ghana and Bangladesh. Another person who arrived illegally by boat has been found to be transferring almost $220,000 from Australia to Iraq and Switzerland.
They are claiming to be asylum seekers that need protection while surviving on government funding yet at the same time having access to tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars to transfer overseas.
Senator Bernardi told the Senate this month that Labor and the Greens are determined to open Australia's borders.
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