South Australian Labor Leader Peter Malinauskas (pictured) has pushed his party further to the left in calling for the scrapping of Australia’s offshore immigration processing on Nauru.
Offshore processing is a critical element of the Coalition's Operation Sovereign Borders policy which has effectively stopped the boats - a policy strongly backed and celebrated by the Conservative Party.
In September, Senator Bernardi successfully moved a Senate motion commemorating the 5-year anniversary of Operation Sovereign Borders.
The Australian reports, the Malinauskas move, which is even more extreme than the party’s Left faction's advocacy, threatens to cause a serious internal rift within the ALP at December’s National Conference in Adelaide.
Federal leader Bill Shorten knows that a commitment to scrap the key border protection measure will almost certainly lose Labor the next federal election - but if he is successful at having the motion defeated at the conference, there’s no guarantee once Labor wins power, it won’t resurrect the idea.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi said,"This is why you can’t trust Labor with our borders and voters need to be careful with their senate vote to ensure our borders remain secure. Labor are captive to an irrational Corbyn-style left that will always sell out our national security for virtue signalling."
Senator Bernardi has told Triple M’s Luke Bona, illegal immigration is not the only immigration issue Australia needs to remain strong on, the legal immigration rate should also be halved.
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