UN migrant deal hits Aussie block thanks to Conservatives

July 26, 2018

The Conservative Party has again shown its influence over government policy with Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton declaring the Australian government will not sign up to a major UN agreement on migration “in its current form” despite the fact Australia helped negotiate the deal.

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

Conservatives' leader Cory Bernardi, along with like-minded crossbench senators, believes Australia should quit the deal, and should maintain the integrity of its strong border protection policies.

But Mr Dutton’s suggestion that Australia might not sign up has infuriated the Greens and other refugee advocates.

The Labor Party has refused to reveal its position on whether Australia should sign the agreement in the lead-up to this weekend’s Super Saturday by-elections.

Asked on 2GB by Alan Jones whether Australia would sign up to the agreement, Mr Dutton said: “Not in its current form. We’ve been very clear about that. And we’re not going to surrender our sovereignty. I’m not going to allow unelected bodies to dictate to us, to the Australian people … They do not want us to go soft on borders.”

Senator Bernardi told Deb Knight on 2GB, migration should be about quality not quantity.

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