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The Hon Peter Dutton MP
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AUSTRALIA’S BORDER PROTECTION MEASURES REMAIN IN FORCE
The Australian Government’s tough border protection measures to stop illegal people smuggling and ensure the sovereignty of Australia’s borders remain in full force.
The decision by the High Court of Australia means that regional processing continues – this is a key element of Operation Sovereign Borders policy.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said Australia remains resolute in its commitment to counter people smuggling and prevent people risking their life at sea.
“Australia has removed more than 20 boats from our waters over the past two years and our policy to turn back people smuggling boats to their country of departure will continue,” Mr Dutton said.
“ The Government also remains committed to regional processing which, beyond our comprehensive on-water measures, provides a further deterrent to people who might otherwise attempt to travel illegally by boat to Australia.
“My message is that there are only two outcomes for people who travel illegally by boat to Australia: they will be intercepted and turned back from Australian waters or they will be sent to another country for processing.
“Processing and resettlement in Australia will never be an option and there are no exceptions; these rules apply to everyone .”
People who seek to use a people smuggler to get to Australia risk losing everything, including their lives and the lives of family members.
Iraq humanitarian response
The Iraq crisis has emerged as one of the most severe, large-scale humanitarian crises facing the international community today. The violence resulting from the activities of the terrorist organization Daesh, also known as ISIL, has resulted in massive population displacements within Iraq, which has rapidly increased humanitarian needs.
The UN estimates there are 10 million people inside Iraq, more than 25 per cent of the population, who need humanitarian assistance. This includes over 3.3 million Iraqis who are internally displaced, 926,000 of whom are now located in the Kurdistan Regional Government area. In addition, Iraq is hosting 245,000 Syrian refugees, the majority also in the Kurdistan Regional Government area.
About 90 per cent of displaced Iraqis are located outside of camps. The high levels of need are straining local infrastructure, services and humanitarian relief supplies.
Australia announced a further $5 million in humanitarian assistance in response to the Iraq crisis on 4 February 2016, as well as $20 million for the Syria crisis. This includes:
- $2 million to the United Nations Development Programme’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization to support stabilisation in newly liberated areas of Iraq
- $3 million to other international humanitarian partners operating inside Iraq to deliver food, medical assistance and protection.
This brings Australia’s total humanitarian response to the Iraq crisis to $45 million since June 2014. Australia also participated in airdrops of relief items to minority communities in August and November 2014.
Our funding has been delivered through United Nations agencies, international humanitarian organisations and an Australian non-government organisation to reach people in need. Australian aid is contributing towards meeting urgent needs in food, shelter, emergency supplies and medical assistance, including providing health and protection support for women and girls.
Through the United Nations appeals process, Australia’s assistance is part of a coordinated international response to the Iraq crisis. Our funding has contributed to the following results to June 2015:
- 1.5 million people in Iraq receive food assistance on average each month.
- 771,000 Iraqi displaced people have been provided with shelter and core relief items since the conflict began.
- Over 31,000 families in Iraq have received cash assistance.
- 66,000 dignity kits have been distributed to women and girls displaced by the conflict (approximately 725,000 Iraqi women are displaced, including 116,000 who are pregnant).
- Over 27,000 people with special needs received specific support and almost 64,000 people received legal assistance
Prime Minister of Australia - visit to Iraq
On 16 January, the Prime Minister visited Australian Defence Force and civilian personnel in Iraq and thanked them for their service. Australians serving in Iraq play a vital role in the fight against Daesh. Our planes and Advise and Assist Mission played an important role in supporting recent progress by Iraqi forces in liberating Ramadi from Daesh. Our Building Partner Capacity mission is providing crucial training to Iraqi Security Forces in their fight to disrupt, degrade and ultimately defeat the terrorists. The Prime Minister had a detailed discussion with Iraqi Prime Minister Dr Haider Al-Abadi and congratulated him on Iraqi security Forces’ recent successes against Daesh. He extended his condolences for the many Iraqi soldiers and civilians who have been killed or wounded by Daesh attacks. The Prime Minister was briefed on the current security situation and the Iraqi Government’s priorities including its military campaign against Daesh. He also discussed with Prime Minister Abadi the humanitarian situation in Iraq with nearly 4 million people displaced by the conflict with Daesh. The Prime Minister reaffirmed Australia’s strong commitment to supporting Iraq’s fight against Daesh, as part of the 60 nation-strong coalition. Australia’s commitment is significant: our contribution to coalition forces on the ground in Iraq remains second only to that of the United States. The two Prime Ministers agreed both military and political action would be needed to defeat Daesh. To this end, Prime Minister Abadi explained his program to build inclusive governance and trust between all community groups in Iraq. The Prime Minister was pleased to invite Prime Minister Abadi to visit Australia at a mutually convenient time.