It's cost the country over $10 BILLION so far.
The Coalition (Liberal and National Party conservatives) have steadfastly said that it was a mistake to get rid of the policies and they've been proven correct. By dismantling the policies the government waved a white flag to the people smugglers. As a result, not only have over 50 000 country shoppers arrived, but over 1000 have drowned on boats to get to Australia and to get their grubby paws on the Labor honey pot - known as free stuff and a good life all on the tax payers dime.
Today the Coalition once again announced that they would not give anyone arriving illegally by boat permanent residency in Australia, which means NO family members may be brought into the country. Anyone given temporary residence will also not be allowed back into Australia if they leave the country for any reason. The Coalition will also stop the appeals process which the asylum seekers have used to get into the country, even after they've been found not to be genuine 'refugees'.
The Australian Greens party came out today accusing Tony Abbott of being "harsh" against 'refugees'.
Oh shame, so sorry to hear that Greens, you know, for being "harsh" to 50 000 country shoppers - compared to your compassionate approach of just opening the borders to every Mohammed, Mo and Ismail!
The Greens in Australia tend to fly under the radar, only interested in holding press conferences or giving the odd sound bite. The Aussie media give them a pass as most vote Green (yeah, BIG surprise, not!).
So, their policies are never scrutinised......until today, when radio talkback host Ben Fordham gave the media a lesson in how to interview these fools. He interviewed Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and grilled her for her support of the Rudd open-border policy and the deaths of over a 1000 boat people.
She tried her best to defend her record, but ultimately after a tantrum put the phone down when it was clear she is just a useless Lefty Communist and Fascist.
Listen here as Ben gives her a piece of his mind. Pure magic.
Well done Benny boy!