July 22, 2013
A small Darwin protest was held today as debate continues over the Federal Government’s plan to ship off asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea for good.
About 60 people chanted slogans outside the Immigration Department’s Darwin office, upset at a policy that sees any asylum seekers arriving by boat being sent to PNG for assessment and resettlement.
Meanwhile Territory-based politicians weren’t coming out with anything decisive for or against.
Labor Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie said it wasn’t her place to comment.
“I’m the Territory leader; I do not have a responsibility for foreign policy or indeed for policy around immigration or asylum seekers,” Ms Lawrie said.
“You might want to have a look at my 12-year track record.
“I have never once entered into my vision of what the nation should do and what the nation’s leader should do.”
Federal Country Liberals politician Natasha Griggs, whose seat covers Darwin and Palmerston, said details were lacking.
“We’ve heard today, that there’s no detail in, well, there’s very little detail in the agreement or arrangement, as it’s now being called,” Ms Griggs said.
“So we’re a little bit disappointed.
“We hope that there was a solution but it doesn’t look like there’s the level of detail that really is needed.”