Senate likely to vote down controversial visa plan

March 27, 2014

A controversial temporary visa that stops asylum seekers getting permanent residence is likely to be voted down in the Senate on Thursday.

The ”temporary humanitarian concern” visa was reintroduced by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison last month after a failed bid to resurrect the temporary protection visa in December.

The Coalition has consistently argued that temporary visas would effectively ”stop the boats”, describing it as a key plank of its hardline Operation Sovereign Borders policy.

Temporary visas ban asylum seekers from applying for permanent visas and were used for nearly a decade under the Howard government before being banished in 2008 by the Rudd government.

When the TPV was struck down in December by Labor and the Greens, Mr Morrison said he had to look at ”existing temporary visa options”. But the new visa is again expected to be scuttled on Thursday when a motion of disallowance is moved by the Greens, given Labors’ previous refusal to allow the TPV through the Senate, where it was quashed 36 votes to 26.

”The Coalition has tried to bring Temporary Protection Visas in through the back door and today we will move to strike them out again,” the Greens’ Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

Sarah Whyte

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/senate-likely-to-vote-down-controversial-visa-plan-20140326-35iwe.html#ixzz2x7gjp3hT

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