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Gary Humphries joins the Liberal immigration rebels

By johnboy 31 May 2005 3

According to Lateline, ACT Liberal Senator, Gary Humphries, has joined the small group of Liberals planning to restore the rule of law to immigration policy and require guilt to be proved before the State can detain (let alone deport) people.

Good on Gazza, hopefully the other Canberra MPs will make their views clear.

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Thumper 8:26 am 02 Jun 05

Interesting. I’m all for mandatory detention, however, not in the form we see today.

The complete system needs a major overhaul. To take the leftie view, I don’t believe anyone should be locked up for years and years, let alone months, however, I don’t think that we can simply allow people straight out on the streets.

Ah, all to hard, lucky we have such an efficient Immigration Dept….


Families should not be kept in the same compounds as single men, they should be with families and those families should be processed first. Which leads us to another problem, that the processing period seems to take too long.

johnboy 11:04 pm 01 Jun 05

Labor is arguing for more efficient administration of mandatory detention.

I’m arguing for no detention until guilt is proven in a court.

The liberal rebels started out on my side of the argument, drifted past labour, and are now heading back to the mothership.

GuruJ 11:43 am 01 Jun 05

Well, to be fair to the other (Labor) MPs, the policy now being put forward by the Liberal is essentially the same as that proposed by the Labor Party for the 2004 election.

So really, their views are already clear.

Funny how you only get credit for doing something you aren’t expected to — eg. Labor embracing deregulation in the 80s/90s, Liberal showing that they can be compassionate after all, etcetera etcetera.

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