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…

Details

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.…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

IS DECLARED A TERRORIST ORGANISATION UNDER CITIZENSHIP ACT

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton today formally declared Islamic State (IS) a terrorist organisation under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007. Mr Dutton said the declaration meant dual citizens could have their Australian Citizenship revoked if they are found to be a member of Islamic State. IS is the first organisation to…

Details

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,…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details