Leaked notes from Defence revealed it was forced to reduce counter-terrorism ocean patrols with the Philippines, cancel a martitime operation with Pacific neighbours and cancel an air surveillance exercise with Indonesia because it had to pick up the slack left by an underfunded Border Force, which had 20 per cent fewer sea-going personnel than it neede
But the real border control issue today is the record number of asylum seekers, mostly non-genuine, entering as tourists right under Dutton’s nose. He has serious questions to answer on this.
People arriving on visitor visas and changing their status onshore constituted an astonishing 24 per cent of net migration in 2017-18 – the mark of a visa system out of control.
But most unforgivable is Dutton’s vilification of certain migrant communities and his dog-whistling on citizenship laws. More recently, he has followed up with appalling comments on sick asylum seekers from Manus and Nauru taking places of Australians on hospital waiting lists. No previous immigration minister has ever stooped so low.
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