COALITION COMMITS TO CANNING FRUIT GROWERS

Canning fruit growers today received the good news that a re-elected Turnbull Government will review the status of the Perth Hills region for inclusion in the second Working Holiday Visa initiative. The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton and the Member for Canning Andrew Hastie today met with representatives of the Hills Orchardist…

LABOR’S SPLIT ON BOATS WIDENS

Labor is clearly split from the top down on border protection policies – a worrying and clear signal that it will change tack if it wins the next election. Any change in the policy will see boats start again as we saw under Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. Frontbencher and leadership candidate Anthony Albanese’s comments…

MORE DRUGS OFF OUR STREETS

International drug syndicates hoping to exploit Australia’s remote coastline will be detected, their missions disrupted and their mules locked up. Rusty boats from Asia on meth missions to peddle the misery of drug addiction in our country are on notice – they are being watched by our law enforcement agencies and will be relentlessly pursued to face the…

NEW VISA CAPABILITY TO ENHANCE NATIONAL SECURITY

The Turnbull Government will establish a new Visa Risk Assessment (VRA) capability within the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to better assess terrorism and criminal threats to Australia. The Coalition committed $99.2 million in last week’s Budget to establish the VRA capability which will enable risks to be considered at visa application stage, before…

INTERVIEW WITH ALAN JONES, 2GB

Subjects: Labor divided on Border Protection.  EO&E… ALAN JONES:    Peter Dutton is on the line. Peter Dutton good morning [technical issue]. Hello Peter, are you there? PETER DUTTON: Got you now thank you. ALAN JONES:  You right? Where are you? PETER DUTTON: I’m in Brisbane. ALAN JONES:  Oh yes okay I have got you there.…

PRESS CONFERENCE – BRISBANE

Subjects: Operation Sovereign Borders update; Federal Court decision, Manus Island; Sri Lankan boat. E&EO… PETER DUTTON: I just want to provide an update in relation to Operation Sovereign Borders. I have just come from a briefing with Major General Andrew Bottrell who is the Commander of the Joint Agency Task Force Operation Sovereign Borders to…

AUSTRALIA ENHANCES VISA PROGRAMME WITH SINGAPORE

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton today announced the introduction of two new visa initiatives that will enhance tourism, youth mobility and business links between Australia and Singapore. The new visa arrangements have been developed as part of the Australia-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Australia and Singapore have agreed to implement a Work…

RECENT INCIDENTS IN NAURU

The woman involved in the self-immolation incident in Nauru last night has been transferred to Australia. She remains in a critical condition and all efforts are being made to meet her medical needs. We can only hope for the best possible outcome. In this and the previous incident, both patients have received the utmost care,…