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Asylum assault: changes are needed

Posted by: 2UE | 27 February, 2013 - 3:20 PM
Both major parties blamed for the asylum seeker issue?

Jason Morrison looks at the arrest of a Sri Lankan asylum seeker for the assault of a woman at Macquarie uni and the calls for changes to the system to allow police to know where asylum seekers are being housed.

A 21 year old Sri Lankan national has been formally refused bail, accused of indecently assaulting a woman at a university campus in Sydney.

It's triggered calls for an overhaul of the bridging visas given to asylum seekers so they can stay in Australia. The alleged attack has also triggered an angry reaction from the Federal Coalition.

It wants to restrict bridging visas, which the accused was given on his arrival in Australia. Shadow Immigration Minister Scott Morrison tells Jason Morrison the Gillard Government isn't doing enough.

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Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has defended his shadow immigration minister, over comments aboout asylum seekers.

Scott Morrison has called for greater scrutiny of those on bridging visas, following an alleged assault in Sudney involving a Macquarie university student.

Government MP's have criticised the remarks. Mr Abbott says his colleague is justified in voicing concerns.


Asylum seeker 'strained' over sex assault charge

STEPHANIE GARDINER 12:27pm A Sri Lankan asylum seeker accused of indecently assaulting a sleeping Macquarie University student will remain behind bars for another week.

Blog comments Your Say

  • @Jo, it is true immigrants bring their own cultures into our country, just like all of us do, including YOU. Some bring their bigoted thoughts with them, like YOU. But, by and large, Australia has benefitted from our immigration policies and thankfully, none of the parties have declared any intention of walking away from it. So, Jo, we took our chances with YOU. We will take our chances with the newer immigrants as well, and I am hopeful we will emerge stronger - despite all the efforts of rednecks and bigots like YOU.

    Terrence Friday 1 March, 2013 - 7:33 PM
  • see this was the problem, the public spoke and yet still nothing got done about it.
    What does the public have to do to be heard?

    blake Friday 1 March, 2013 - 1:17 PM
  • Enoch Powell and Geert Wilders are right!

    Peter Thursday 28 February, 2013 - 1:35 PM
  • Why be racist, they are merely bringing their culture with them and we bend over backwards for them.
    And are we still allowing 27 year old male refugees into our high schools to learn english ? why are we not teaching english on Manus or Christmas island ?

    Jo Wednesday 27 February, 2013 - 9:59 PM
  • Our beloved country Australia is going down the gurgler thanks to the corrupt Jul=liar Eileen Gillard and her band of boofheads. Any other country would deport this type of bastard upon arrest. Not here, No sir, he will be given a home with all equipment, the dole, medicare all at great cost to the rorted poor Aussie taxpayer. F off Gillard!~

    Sandra m Wednesday 27 February, 2013 - 8:49 PM
  • These so called asylum seekers should have their bridging visas overturned and temporary protection visas issued for a three month period, forcibly returning them back to the country they came from at the end of such time.....Our government should stop being so soft and instead STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR NATION....BOARDER PROTECTION MUST BE RESTORED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

    CARMEN Wednesday 27 February, 2013 - 8:46 PM

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