Criticisms on Australia’s asylum policy – Abbott fights back

Criticisms on Australia’s asylum policy – Abbott fights back

Criticisms on Australia’s asylum policy – Abbott fights back

Written by News 1st

10 Jan, 2014 | 10:36 am

Australian PM Tony Abbott has defended what critics have described as government secrecy over asylum policy. Officials have in recent days refused to comment on reports that Australian naval forces have turned back at least one boat to Indonesia.

Asylum-seeker accounts have also alleged mistreatment by navy personnel. Abbott, who promised a tough line on the asylum issue when he took office, said restricting information flow boosted operational enforcement.

“I’d rather be criticised for being a bit of a closed book on this issue and actually stop the boats,” he told local media.

“The point is not to provide sport for public discussion. The point is to stop the boats.

“I’m pleased to say it is now several weeks since we’ve had a boat, and the less we talk about operational details on the water, the better when it comes to stopping the boats.”

-BBC-

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