This policy is currently under review
The DLP realises that Australia only has limited influence in ending the circumstances forcing people to flee their homeland and seek asylum. We must increase our efforts overseas to do all we can to foster peace and stability in areas of conflict around the world. This requires international cooperation; Australia cannot do it alone.
Any sustainable solution will require short, medium and long-term plans. The issue of asylum seekers is one which is occurring throughout the world. We must therefore take a holistic and strategic response in line with Recommendation 1 of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers Report 2012.
The DLP believes in a bipartisan approach by Parliament in working to address this issue. It is time our leaders put politics aside and give the issue the respect it deserves.
We must focus on what we can do to help the plight of asylum seekers in a balanced, dignified, safe and compassionate way. Rather than spending billions of dollars every year on keeping asylum seekers detained offshore, we should be spending this money within our domestic economy through an onshore processing solution. This will create jobs for Australian workers while treating asylum seekers with dignity. It will save lives and strengthen our economy.
We must work more closely with our regional neighbours, particularly Indonesia, to ensure our ability to help 30,000 refugees each year in an orderly and sustainable fashion and maintaining secure borders is not undermined.
The DLP proposes:
Enhanced cooperation with Indonesian Authorities
This would include forming a joint taskforce consisting of Australian Customs and Federal Police officers, two Armidale patrol boats and Indonesian law enforcement authorities.
Deducting $1million from Australia’s upcoming aid to Indonesia for every vessel of asylum seekers which leaves their Exclusive Economic Zone undetected for Australia
This will act as an incentive for Indonesia to eradicate corruption, especially in areas of its police force which are linked to people smuggling. Every boat arrival is an extra financial cost; if we pay for an Indonesian-based problem here, it should come out of the budget we’ve allocated to pay for problems there.
Increase our annual asylum seeker and refugee intake from Indonesia
There are thousands of people in Indonesia waiting for either a boat or one of the very few spots available in the UN resettlement program. Increasing our intake from Indonesia will give asylum seekers and refugees a good reason not to risk their lives on a boat to get to Australia.
Asylum seekers who then still come to Australia from Indonesia as an irregular maritime arrival will be transported to one of five UN accredited refugee camps of their choice
With the certainty of knowing Australia will increase its intake of asylum seekers and refugees from Indonesia, there is no excuse for risking their lives by taking a boat.
For those who qualify for asylum, refugee status should initially be granted on a temporary basis of up to five years.