Important Contact ALP members and Senators before the National conference 24 – 26 July to reject any proposal to adopt LNP’s “turn back the boats” policy.
ABC News article by Chris Uhlmann, 28 Jun 2015
Labor’s Right is mounting a push to have the party adopt the hardline Abbott Government policy of boat turn-backs, setting the scene for a brawl at Labor’s National Conference in late July.
Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon told Sky News the return to offshore processing saw boat flows drop about 90 per cent in the latter years of Labor’s term in government, but said he believed turn-backs should be part of the policy toolkit.
“I think that there’s a powerful argument that you need a whole range of tools to ensure that the flows don’t begin again,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“Now, one of those tools currently is boat turn-backs. Personally I believe turn-backs will remain part of Labor policy.”
The view is likely to be hotly disputed by much of the party’s Left, which wants the existing offshore detention policy dismantled.
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