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,…

DOORSTOP INTERVIEW, SYDNEY

Subjects: Australian Trusted Trader funding announcement; self-harm incident on Nauru; Nauru & Manus Island Regional Processing Centre; Labor’s split on Border Protection; Tony Abbott’s comments.   E&EO… PETER DUTTON: Thank you for being here this morning.   I’m very pleased to be in Sydney to make an announcement of $70 million for a four year…

BILL HEADING FOR A BOAT BACKFLIP

Bill Shorten has refused to rule out bringing the Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) in Regional Processing Centres on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia. Mr Shorten is under pressure as a growing number of his MPs repudiate Labor’s policy adopted narrowly at Labor’s national conference just last year. In a further sign that Labor and…

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…

AUSTRALIAN FIRST FOR TRUSTED TRADERS

Faster and more streamlined trade for trusted Australian businesses is one step closer, with the Government today announcing almost $70 million for the implementation of the Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) programme. ATT is a partnership between Government and private industry aimed at enhancing trade by improving the international competitiveness of Australian businesses. The Minister for…

PRESS CONFERENCE

Subjects: PNG Supreme Court judgement; self-harm incident on Nauru; returns to Nauru. E&EO… PETER DUTTON:  Well everyone thank you very much for being here today. I wanted to give an update on the Manus Island situation and some advice that I have received off the back of the Supreme Court decision in Papua New Guinea yesterday, but before…

LABOR SPLIT ON BOATS – AGAIN

The deep divide in Labor ranks over border protection policies is now well and truly out in the open with three Labor MPs, including a frontbencher, breaking ranks today and calling for a “re-think”. At the very time Mr Shorten was telling media this morning he would maintain tough border measures, the three MPs were…