Monday, 22 July 2013

Right-Wing Myths: The Howard Government's record with regard to asylum seeker numbers

Time and time again Coalition Opposition MPs and Shadow Ministers talk about how the Howard Government stopped the boats and how they will do so again if they regain government.

The implication is that no asylum seekers arrived unannounced in Australia during the Howard era.

Well I’m sorry, but this is not the case. Even after Howard implemented the 2001 Pacific Solution asylum seekers continued to arrive.

Between the financial years 2002-2003 and 2006-07 at least 417 asylum seekers arrived by sea and, at least 18,421 arrived by air.

Australian Government, Asylum Trends Australia 2011-12

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