A High Court decision to extend an injunction against sending asylum seekers to Malaysia shows the federal government is incapable of getting it right, says opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison (pictured above).
The government has been prevented from sending 16 asylum seekers to Kuala Lumpur, after High Court judge Kenneth Hayne extended the injunction on Monday.
“The High Court today has confirmed this government’s asylum policy chaos in once again rebutting the arguments put by the government to stop this injunction,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney.
“The High Court twice in two days sent a very clear message I think about some serious issues with this policy.”
The decision will lead to “continued chaos”, he added.
“But that’s no real difference from what we’re seeing over the last three years from this government in this area.
“They just simply seem completely unable to get this right.
“With the decision today we will see that chaos continue.
“We will see our asylum policy go into a complete state of limbo, and I can only understand that the people smugglers will be the big winners as a result of the government’s handling of this matter yet again.”
Mr Morrison said the decision sent a message to people smugglers that the government “simply isn’t up to it”.
“This is a government that just simply can’t get its act together when it comes to protecting our borders and having an asylum policy which is consistent, which is clearly thought through and can be backed up by a government that can implement it,” he said.
“… I think consistently the government has been inconsistent, and that’s the big problem they have in dealing with the people smugglers.”
The High Court’s “twice rebuttal” was matched only by the actions of the federal parliament, Mr Morrison added.
“This is an arrangement that was voted against twice by both the house and the Senate and now the High Court has delivered a judgment twice,” he said.
“I think the government is completely caught up in their own mess at the moment and it’s for them to try and sort this out, but it’s a mess of their own making and the Australian public are paying the price for it.”
The government continued to reject the Nauru solution adopted by the coalition government under John Howard, “instead preferring the chaos by their own hand,” Mr Morrison said.
“Our policies are proven, they’ve been effective, they were available to the government, but the government out of complete stubborn political pride refuses to restore what it abolished.”