Do you support offshore detention for people seeking asylum?

Answer

With nearly everyone I speak to, this is a troubling issue. I believe Kooyong citizens want an immigration process that respects people’s human rights whilst ensuring that we're able to strongly manage our borders and support our population. We cannot accept people who present a credible threat to our security and there must therefore be a thorough screening process.

Offshore detention has been an extremely expensive process that has destroyed people’s lives. People who seek asylum in Australia deserve protection while their refugee status is being determined, but within a reasonable time limit. They should have basic rights to live in the community with opportunities to work, study and receive medical attention. However, should someone break a serious law once they are here in Australia, they should not be entitled to citizenship and could find themselves deported.