Because the Rudd Government doesn’t plan to completely change every detail of immigration policy, they are exactly the same as the Howard and Keating Governments.
Yes, Dennis, detention centres will still exist. Some people will even be held in them. I will agree that the Rudd Government appears prepared to continue the semantic games about what is and isn’t part of Australia. You assert that “the Labor Government intends to continue to decide who comes into Australia and how,” invoking the language of your idol, John Winston Howard. But there are some core principles in the new policy that seem to overshadow any similarities to the glory days of mandatory detention:
- People should be held in detention if there are legitimate grounds to believe that they pose a risk.
- Absent a reasonable grounds to suspect a risk is posed, people should not be held in detention.
- Children should not be held in detention.
- The Government’s decisions about risk and detention should be subject to an appropriate level of judicial review.
- People should be detained for as short a time as possible, whether the eventual result is the granting of asylum or deportation.
Seems a pretty clear distinction to me.