Julia Gillard cannot be trusted on border protection, despite flagging a new “tougher” approach.
By her own admission, Gillard was the architect of Labor’s failed policy which has seen more than 4,000 queue-jumpers arrive illegally since 2008.
Back in the 2007 election, Gillard said this:
“That’s actually the policy I wrote in 2002. I was shadow minister for immigration and developed the policy which remains Labor’s policy now,” she said. “We are tough on border security. You have to be.”
That “tough” policy has led to 143 boats arriving, carrying 4,000 illegal’s, an unknown number of further boats sinking with the loss of an estimated 170 lives, and a bill to the taxpayers of more than a billion dollars to pay for their detention.
Gillard by her own admission was the architect of this failed policy.
She cannot be trusted.
UPDATE 6 July:
Now she says she wants to “wreck” the people smuggling trade. But it is she who put them back in business. When John Howard lost power to Labor at the end of 2007, illegal immigration had all but stopped and the people smugglers were out of business.