Immigration Minister Peter Dutton filmed a video informing people smugglers that the re-elected Turnbull government’s boat policy will not change. The Operation Sovereign Borders Joint Agency Taskforce will distribute the video through social media and mainstream media in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran.
Documents prepared by the immigration department for John Brayley, the Australian Border Force’s new Surgeon General and Chief Medical Officer, showed that the department took measures to prevent offshore detainees being transferred to Australia for medical treatment due to their ‘propensity’ to take legal action to stay in the country.
The European Union’s leadership proposed a new EU-wide asylum rule. The new rule includes limiting some asylum seekers to a time period of one week to lodge appeals against adverse decisions, and automatically rejecting claims where the claimants refuse to give fingerprints or to move between countries in Europe.