July 20, 2013
About 200 people gathered in Perth’s CBD to protest against the Federal Government’s tough new approach to asylum seekers.
The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced yesterday that asylum seekers who arrived by boat would be processed on Papua New Guinea and would be resettled there if their claim was found to be legitimate.
Under the plan they would not have the opportunity of settlement in Australia.
Protests against the policy are being held across the country, with about 200 people gathering in Perth to call for the changes to be scrapped.
Greens Senator Scott Ludlum was at the Perth protest and said the policy showed there was no depth to which Mr Rudd will not sink in order for momentary political advantage and political opportunity.
“Let’s make no mistake here about what’s being done,” he said.
“This is a proposal so offensive that even Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott hadn’t thought of it.”