Federal Election 2016: Where the parties stand on the big issues - Refugees
Coalition: the government has said it has “stopped the boats” carrying people seeking asylum to Australia by policies including detention on Manus Island and Nauru. It has stuck to its policy despite concerns about conditions in the centres and the return of boats to countries where asylum seekers would be in danger, which Amnesty International has said is in breach of international law.
Labor: Labor has said it will “not allow policy which sees the mass drowning of vulnerable people”, in effect replicating the government’s policy including use of controversial boat towbacks. Labor supports regional processing but doesn’t want it to degenerate into indefinite detention.
Greens: The Greens have proposed increasing Australia’s annual refugee intake to 50,000 and shutting the Manus and Nauru detention centres.