Government to get tough on immigration

Growing protests across Australia’s detention centers has prompted the Labour Government to toughen up immigration laws.

Riots and rooftop protests began last week with hunger strikes being taken up by some asylum seekers at Villawood in Sydney, country in Western Australia’s Curtin Detention Centre, and on Christmas Island.

Minister Chris Bowen is proposing to use existing temporary visas, with limited rights, to deal with refugees who fail the government’s toughened ”character” test.

This seems to essentially be reinstalling the Temporary Visa scheme used in the Howard government, only using a different name. 

Today we were joined by Sophie Peer, The spokesperson for the Refugee Council  of Australia, to tell us her thoughts on reinstalling the concept of temporary visas.

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