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What is your party’s position on ending offshore detention?

The Morrison Government will not compromise on strong border protection

Under Labor:

  • Over 50,000 people arrived on over 800 boats.
  • There were 1,200 deaths at sea.
  • Over 8,000 children were in detention.
  • 17 detention centres opened.

The Coalition’s policies have stopped the boats and secured our borders. These policies include:

  • Offshore processing;
  • Temporary Protection Visas;
  • Boat turnbacks when it is safe to do so.

Each of these policies are necessary, to protect our borders and deny people smugglers a product to sell.


We support continuing the offshore detention policies of the Coalition.


It is Australian Greens policy to end offshore detention, and bring every person who has been indefinitely detained on Manus Island and Nauru to safety and freedom in Australia. This is how every Australian Greens Senator and Member of Parliament has voted, every time.


Australians understand our nation can be strong on borders and still treat people humanely.

Labor is committed to strong borders, turnbacks when safe to do so, offshore processing and regional resettlement because we know it saves lives at sea.

Nauru and Manus Island were set up as temporary regional processing centres but have become places of indefinite detention because of the failure of successive Liberal Governments to negotiate other third country resettlement options.

Keeping Australia’s borders secure should never have meant leaving men, women and children to languish for years and years in indefinite detention, in sub-standard facilities and unacceptable conditions.

Scott Morrison has failed to end genuine refugees languishing in indefinite detention by refusing to accept New Zealand’s generous offer to resettle eligible refugees, including children, from Nauru and Manus Island.

Labor has made clear that, in government, we would accept New Zealand’s offer with appropriate conditions, and negotiate other third country resettlement options as a priority.


One Nation supports the current stance on refugees and asylum seekers including offshore detention.