Brendan Berne stated its policy on migrants was a victory but refused to be drawn on whether the EU must follow suit.
Beneath Canberra’s hardline immigration coverage, prospective asylum-seekers intercepted at sea while attempting to reach Australia are returned into the ship’s state of origin.
Asylum-seekers who hit Australia are delivered to Australian-run detention camps in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific island of Nauru, in which they’re held in states broadly criticized by organizations like the United Nations.
“It was important to us that our immigration policy wasn’t left to criminal businesses which were putting lives in danger,” Berne told Good Morning Europe.
“What we have managed to do is maintain a license to get a generous immigration plan and retained the far-right vote at Australia to some lesser degree: 4 percent in the last national election compared to other nations that is a minuscule sum.”
The UNHCR says over 1,000 people had perished in the Mediterranean this season as they attempted to cross largely by lawless Libya.
“All these are painful scenes, but they’re concerns for our European friends,” said Berne, asked if the EU should embrace a similar immigration position to Canberra.
“Australia came into its coverage after trying different strategies and we believe we have reached the ideal position.”
Within a broad interview, Berne also discussed the prospect of an Australia-EU commerce deal along with the effect of Brexit.
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