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“Look at the root cause, not the symptoms”

October 14, 2009

The Wire : Does the government need to get tougher on people smugglers?
Produced by Catherine Zengerer

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The Rudd government has been positioning itself as being tough on border protection in response to the latest wave of refugees heading towards our shores. Today the situation has escalated with 260 Sri Lankan asylum seekers in waters between Australia and Indonesia reportedly threatening to blow themselves up if the Indonesian military forces them ashore there instead of here. Former Minister for Immigration Philip Ruddock, says Australia needs to toughen up it’s border protection laws, or we’ll face a flood of asylum seekers, thanks to the work of people smugglers. But is toughening up on people smugglers going to help? Featured in story: Bernard Keane, Canberra Correspondent for Crikey and Dr Sam Pari, National Spokesperson for the Australian Tamil Congress

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