PM refuses to rule out UN deal on migration

July 29, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull declined to rule out signing up to the major UN migration deal that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has declared Australia will not sign in its current form.

The Conservative Party opposes Australia signing up to the international pact which would weaken our sovereignty and relinquish significant control of Australia's borders over to unelected and unaccountable United Nations bureaucrats.

The debate over the UN migration pact comes as Sunday 29 July marks the 10th anniversary of the Rudd government dismantling the successful Howard government 'Pacific Solution', commemorated with the Conservative Party's Action Plan.

The key UN migration agency involved in the pact said it was yet to be told of a change in the government’s position since Australia helped negotiate the deal.

The Australian this week revealed that the Turnbull government had left the door open to withdrawing from the Global Compact for Migration, from which, so far, only the US and Hungary have pulled out.

Mr Dutton then told 2GB radio in Sydney that Australia would not sign up to the current compact. “We’re not, the Prime Minister’s been very clear about it, I’ve been very clear about it,” he said. “Not in its current form … I’m not going to allow unelected bodies to dictate to us.”

Asked whether he believed Australia should sign up, Mr Turnbull said: “We are examining the agreement; we will never sign up to anything that diminishes, or undermines, or limit our ability to keep Australia safe.”

A government source said it was not considering dropping out altogether at this stage and it was possible to sign up with “reservations” about the text.

The government has not publicly promoted the pact and it has not even been mentioned by the ministers in parliament, according to Hansard.

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