Advocates hope for asylum policy adjustment

There's no shortage of people lining up to suggest the incoming Coalition government change its asylum seeker policy.

There's no shortage of people lining up to suggest the incoming Coalition government change its asylum seeker policy ahead of a planned announcement tomorrow.

That's when Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott says his government's crackdown on asylum seeker boats will begin.

Mr Abbott has staked his job on the issue, saying before the election that if a government couldn't stop the boats it didn't deserve to govern.

"Just to ensure electability among domestic politicians and voters. That is my concern."

That's the view of Pakistan's outgoing ambassador to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea Mr Sanaullah on both the major Australian parties' asylum seeker policies.

Mr Sanaullah has told the ABC he's troubled by the Coalition and Labor Party policies that deny asylum seekers, who arrive in Australia by boat, settlement rights.

"Basically when they're saying whosoever comes by boat would not be accepted, even if his or her reasons are genuine. I object to that."

Tony Abbott and the Coalition have repeated their "stop the boats" mantra countless times.

The policy dubbed Operation Sovereign Borders includes turning asylum seeker boats back to Indonesia where it's deemed safe to do so and buying suspected people smuggler boats in Indonesia.

But it's a policy that has been criticised by refugee advocates, the outgoing Labor government and Indonesia's government.

Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition, objects to another part of the policy that will see asylum seekers who arrive by boat only offered Temporary Protection Visas, if they are found to be refugees.

"One of our biggest concerns remains really with the Temporary Protection Visas and while I hope there's been some reconsideration it is a major concern, which will make no difference whatsoever to the number of people that attempt to come to Australia, but will make a huge difference in terms of the misery inflicted on people who are making applications and are found to be genuine refugees. To deny them permanent protection is to give them a life of uncertainty and also put their families in danger."

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre's Pamela Curr is expecting the Coalition to try to manipulate media coverage, in an attempt to create the impression that its policy has been successful.

"The other phase of the policy will be to hide it from public view. Having created the arrival of boats as a crisis we expect that this government now will endeavour to portray it as crisis solved by simply removing the arrival of boats from public view. They've already stated that they will not be announcing the arrival of boats to the media and so they're hoping the media will not be reporting it."

Source SBS Radio

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