Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been asked about Labor’s refugee and offshore processing policies, in light of Anthony Albanese’s remarks this morning that he supports boat turnbacks as a means of avoiding offshore detention.
Morrison, who served as immigration minister in the Abbott government in 2013 and 2014, accused Albanese of having had “every position on border protection”.
“He has supported everything he has opposed and he has opposed everything that he has supported,” the PM told reporters.
Morrison went on to say he designed the boat turnback policy and implemented it. Albanese once staunchly opposed the policy, but changed his mind in 2018 – conceding it had stopped the boats.
“I stood up to criticism day after day after day,” the PM said.
“I remember back at the 2013 election, people said this was an inhumane policy. It wouldn’t work. There is no way you could make it happen.
“I stood firm on that policy. Then I implemented it. It worked. We stopped the deaths at sea.
“If people want to weigh up and understand these issues of border protection, they can believe someone who came up with it, stood up to the opposition on it – which included Anthony Albanese – implemented it, safely, stopped the boats, protected our borders , closed the detention centers and got the children out.
“Or they can listen to Anthony Albanese, who has been a complete weathervane on this issue. Who is this guy? That is what Australians are asking.”