Migration mischief

August 16, 2018

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi's motion, backing Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton's (pictured) position and calling on Australia not to sign up to the United Nations' Global Migration Pact has been defeated by the major parties in the Senate.

Last month the Turnbull government left open the door to joining the US and Hungary in refusing to sign a new global migration deal.

Senator Bernardi has already called for Australia to withdraw from the UN Refugee convention, and for Australia to independently determine its own immigration intake - that is, completely free from external interference.

The agreement's final draft commits countries to shorten the amount of time migrants are detained, after some Labor MPs have pushed for time limits on immigration detention.

“We commit to ensure that any detention in the context of international migration … is carried out by authorised officials, and for the shortest possible period of time,” the text of the deal states.

“We further commit to prioritise non-custodial alternatives to detention in line with international law … using detention as a measure of last resort only.”

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told Senate the whole migration system is being gamed and now we're looking at handing over control of our sovereign borders to unelected international officals.

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