What about boat people who don't know about the change in policy and end up still paying the smugglers but with even less chance if success?Tonystott said:In my opinion, yesterday's announcement by the government that no person arriving via boat will be allowed to settle in Australia is a masterstroke.
As long as the government lifts the numbers of asylum seekers arriving by plane, Australia will still be doing its bit to take in refugees, but the decision regarding the boat arrivals will instantly and permanently destroy the business model of the people smugglers, who after all are the true bad guys in all this. Asylum seekers will simply not pay (the huge sums representing nearly all their assets) for someone to cram them into a dodgy boat so they can finish up living in PNG.
I suspect this is going to cost us taxpayers less than the current woefully costly detention centres.
It also seems to me to be the first time someone has come up with a plan that really will "stop the boats", unlike Abbott's BS slogan which had no chance of every becoming reality.
I reckon Abbott is toast now.
Does this system punish the poor asylum seekers and (potentially) reward the rich ones.