Labor is firm on its policy to kill the means for human trafficking to thrive in Australia. The party feels that the Liberals lie about its strong stance on border protection. As far as Labor is concerned, the Liberals are only playing into the hands of human traffickers and other criminal syndicates who take advantage of people's vulnerability. Labor advocates for having strong borders, regional settlement, turnbacks, and offshore processing when it is safe since it saves lives at sea. This policy is what Labor promised at the last Federal Election and therefore, is Australia's policy. Labor is firm on this policy and will maintain a closed route for those coming into Australia by boat as it is an irregular means of entry into the country. The party decried the failure of the Liberal government in arranging other third country resettlement alternatives for residents of Manus Island and Nauru which have fallen from their status as short-term regional processing centres to places of indefinite detention. In order not to create a market for the people smugglers to exploit people, the Labor government is resolute on not bringing people in from the offshore regional processing centres. The failure of the Liberal government to arrange another third country option for resettlement has caused genuine refugees to languish on indefinite detention on those islands.
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