July 20, 2013
Several senior Tasmanian Labor politicians have taken to social media to attack the Federal Government’s new asylum seeker policy.
In a tweet, Police and Economic Development Minister David O’Byrne said: “It is always a test for communities when faced with a choice of how we treat those less fortunate. As a country we have failed that test.”
Attorney-General Brian Wightman also took to Twitter, saying: “If Tony Abbott welcomes any Labor announcement then it’s proof we haven’t got it right.”
On Friday the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced all boat arrivals would now be sent to Papua New Guinea for processing.
Those found to be genuine refugees would be resettled in PNG.
David O’Byrne is a former state party president who is also touted as a potential future Premier.
When contacted by the ABC Mr O’Byrne said he was on holidays and did not wish to comment further.