LABOR STALL ANOTHER VOTE ON MALAYSIAN PEOPLE SWAP IN THE PARLIAMENT
Posted on Thursday, 10 May, 2012
The Government has once again stalled a vote in the Parliament on attempts to legalise their failed Malaysian people swap, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison said today.
“The Government has once again failed to have its Malaysian people swap tested in the Parliament, by failing to list for a vote today the proxy Bill introduced by Rob Oakeshott to legalise the scheme, that was struck down by the High Court last August,” Mr Morrison said.
“After voting against having a vote on their own Bill to legalise their failed Malaysian people swap, Labor have now failed to schedule a vote today on the proxy Bill brought by Rob Oakeshott to do the same thing,” he said.
“A year ago, Labor was proudly boasting as they announced their ill conceived five for one Malaysian people swap. A year later, they are not even prepared to vote for it in the Parliament.
“It is the normal practice for Private Members Bills to be scheduled for a vote in the next sitting week after they have been debated in the Parliament. Mr Oakeshott’s Bill was debated on March 19. In the ordinary course of events, the Bill would have been voted on today. The Government has not scheduled the Bill for a vote today, nor has such a vote been requested by Mr Oakeshott, who has orphaned his Bill by also walking away from a vote today.
“The Government constantly lectures the Coalition on how urgent this matter is, yet they refuse to put the matter to the Parliament.
“This latest delay is further proof that the only purpose served by Labor clinging to their failed Malaysian people swap, is to create a bogus excuse to blame the Opposition for their own continued failures.
“A further defeat of the Government’s Malaysian People Swap in the Parliament, already condemned by motions of both Houses as well as being struck down by the High Court for its failure to protect human rights, would add even more pressure on the Government to face the reality of yet another failure and restore the polices that worked under the Howard Government.
“Despite the fact that arrivals are now at record levels and the Government’s border failures have blown out by $4.7 billion, the Government still does not consider it urgent to bring on a vote on their failed Malaysian people swap.
“Instead Labor have given up on border protection, and given in to the Greens, embracing their let them in let them out policies, including it’s latest incarnation – ‘the Granny Flat Solution’ - that is drawing people to Australia on illegal boats at record levels,” Mr Morrison said.