Scott Morrison follows Donald Trump's footsteps by refusing to sign a non-binding migration agreement that Australia helped to elaborate. The…
Scott Morrison follows Donald Trump’s footsteps by refusing to sign a non-binding migration agreement that Australia helped to elaborate.
The Australian officials have been heavily active in negotiating the wording of the UN Global Compact on Migrant for the last two years.
“It does not differ between those who illegally enter Australia and those who come in the right way,” he said to 2GB radio on Wednesday.
“I would never allow anything to compromise our boundaries. I worked too hard to make sure we were not in that position.”
The agreement shall support secure, orderly and regular migration. 19659007] Mr. Morrison claims that the government has already achieved these goals.
The Australian Refugee Council protested at the prime minister’s “nonsense” apologies for refusing to sign the agreement.
“Australia w ill join a small group of governments trying to appeal to, or appeal to, the right-wing political movements of the minorities within their countries,” says his executive director Paul Power.
“It’s hard to see the Australian Government’s decision as anything but to make a political profit, as the facts are not in line with the Prime Minister’s claims.”
USA, Israel, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Hungary and Bulgaria has also refused to sign the agreement
Interior Minister Peter Dutton said the compact was primarily aimed at Europe where asylum seekers drowned at sea in the Mediterranean.
“I think this compact was to a great extent directed at that problem, not against our part of the world,” he told Sky News.
Dutton said that Australia had stopped boat launches and drownings at sea through hard border protection politicians.
“We will not give up, we want our sovereignty to remain intact,” he said.
However, the Pact explicitly confirms the sovereign right of states to determine their national migration policy.
The Australian government is also concerned about how the courts should interpret the covenant.
“We are concerned about whether it is hovering us as a sovereign nation of the ability to decide how to return people under the compact,” Dutton said. “Some obligations could be imposed where we needed to support people once they” d has returned to a country of origin “.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten said Labor was not excited if the government signed the covenant or not.
“Of course, we take our security experts into what we should and should not do,” he told reporters in Sydney.
Australia signed a similar refugee pact earlier this month, but Mr Dutton said that the document contained only “benign” languages.
Save the children urge Australia to work towards global solutions to migration.
“There is unrivaled movement for people, including vulnerable children, around the world as Australia can not ignore,” said Polischef Mat Tinkler.
The UN Migration Pact will be formally adopted at a meeting in Morocco next month.