Last week, the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison said 18th May election will be based on issues like climate change, economic growth, and asylum seekers.
He told the public that Australia is the best country in the world, yet if the future must be secured, a strong economy matters a lot, which means that the upcoming election holds so much power.
The Morrison’s Conservative Coalition has been serving for the last two terms and is vying for a three-year third term. However, Scott Morrison is the third Prime Minister in the nation’s history to have a divided government under his tenure.
It has been suggested that he might be one of the shortest serving Prime Ministers in the list of Prime Ministers in Australia. Opinion polls have suggested that the opposition leader, Bill Shorten might become the next Prime Minister due to the political instability experienced in the country in the year 2007.
Bill Shorten outrightly mentioned in the first news conference after the election was fixed that if given the opportunity, his government will specifically tackle the issues of climate change and effect a decrease in the rate of inequality faced in the country.
Shorten challenged the public to decide on either going to the future with the energy which Labor drives, or stick to the old and tired system.
The Asylum Seekers and the forthcoming Elections
Morrison’s government is said to be the brain behind the stringent refugee policy in Australia, which has failed at terminating the high traffic of humans smuggled into the country from the South-East Asian Ports.
In 2013, Scott Morrison served as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. During that time, whenever asylum seekers coming into the country through the Nothern Australian waters were faced with patrol ships, they would practically sink their boats in the water so that, instead of being sent away, they would have to be rescued. In Morrison’s Regime, the asylum seekers were put in lifeboats headed to Indonesia. The fuel supply was only enough to get them to Indonesia.
Also, the government has kept to the policy of channeling all newly arriving boats to the camps situated in the Pacific Islands in Nauru and New Guinea. Individuals who intend to get to Australia by boat are not allowed to stay.
The opposition party has promised to continue sending the boats to the Island. However, it has decided that priority will be placed on giving Permanent Homes to Asylum Seekers that have been roaming in the camps on the Island for a long time.
Morrison’s Coalition has argued that Labor’s government will never be effective at stopping the asylum seekers from smuggling into the country.
The government has introduced a temporary protection visa for new arrivals to ensure that they could be deported after three years if the conditions in their home countries have improved. Labor, however, promises to do better by providing permanent visas for the refugees.
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