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Thank ScoMo and Peter Dutton for our strong border regime

18 March 2020

6:01 PM

18 March 2020

6:01 PM

At a time when the world is shutting down everything from international borders to the local under six rugby games, take a moment to reflect on how lucky Australia is to have secure borders. Without them we would not be masters of our own destiny.

It seems ridiculous that an island nation would have ever considered a laissez-faire approach to border security but we must remember that under the Rudd and Gillard governments, that was exactly the approach. Australia’s almost unique advantage amongst major international countries was being surrendered.

Had we gone down that path, allowing any old boat to float across from who knows where, we would now be completely defenceless against this current coronavirus outbreak. The virus could waltz across our borders without us ever knowing.


Of course, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard could never allow such commonsense. The opportunity to hang another virtue bauble on their non-denominational holiday season tree was too great.

Strong borders are much more than the anti-immigration issue they try so hard to make it. Labor couldn’t accept that but Australians could — and.

The Prime Minister is lucky to have in Peter Dutton a highly visible advocate of strong borders, building on his own good work. It was Dutton who bought the issue of Malcolm Turnbull’s inadequacy to a head; an event that eventually gave Scott Morrison the top role.

Now that he’s out of hospital, one hopes that Dutton will continue to play a key role in the Morrison Government and that his rapid recovery from coronavirus continues.

Garth Hamilton has worked with governments around the world to deliver significant infrastructure and policy outcomes. He writes on issues facing right of centre politics, stating the case for a compassionate conservatism and strength in leadership.

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