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Did Abbott really stop the boats?

25th September 2015

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Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes has over 30 years of experience in the development and implementation of Australian and international migration and refugee policies, including associated policies related to compliance, integration, citizenship and multicultural affairs.

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A new analysis on whether the Abbott government’s measures ‘stopped the boats’ by RegNet Visiting Fellow Peter Hughes and former Immigration Department Secretary John Menadue has been quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald today.

The analysis, originally posted online under the title, Slogans versus facts on boat arrivals, argues that it was measures implemented under the Rudd government and not the Abbott government which turned the tide on boat arrivals.

Using data from the Senate Select Committee on the Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru: Submission 31 from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), Hughes and Menadue also argue that Abbott’s failure to support the proposed Malaysian arrangement instigated a huge increase in boat arrivals.

Read part 1 and part 2 of the blog post Slogans versus facts on boat arrivals on John Menadue’s blog.

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