The government of Australian have announced plans to put in place tough new regulations on asylum seekers. Any asylum seeker attempting to enter the country by boat will be banned from the country for life. The lifetime ban will apparently apply to those travelling as a tourists or for business, and even those married to an Australian. The ban, which will be put forward to parliament within the next week will apply to all asylum seekers who are currently detailed on Nauru and Manus islands where all those trying to enter the country illegally have been taken since 2013. Currently all those caught trying to enter the country by boat illegally are taken to these two islands. The Australian government have long held a firm stance on all people smuggling operations and this is the latest in a long line of attempts to end the people smuggling business to Australia and deter anyone thinking of travelling to Australia in this way. Australia has faced an increasing number of asylum seekers over the past few years with the number of asylum seekers travelling to Australia by boat with numbers increasingly sharply since 2012. Whilst the government is determined to curb the numbers travelling with ever increasingly harsh treatment they have come under criticism from Amnesty International for the harsh conditions witnessed on the two islands. There is also divide among Australians on the stance against asylum seekers with some believing that the plans are necessary to keep their country safe and others who think that Australia should have a more open policy towards those in genuine need. Australian Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim said the proposal marked a "new low" and an "escalation of the cynical race to the bottom" on refugee policy. It remains to be seen how much support the bill has when it comes before parliament in November.
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