Labor's absolute failure to have a coherent border protection policy – eight years after they threw open Australia's borders to the people smugglers – was on show again today.
Bill Shorten cannot give a straight answer.
Asked three times by three different journalists today to confirm if he would send anyone from regional processing centres to New Zealand, he was left to obfuscate and totally failed to address this important issue.
Mr Shorten spent every day before the election saying Labor had a border protection plan – insisting it was the same as the Coalition's. Yet, he has confirmed every day since the election that Labor has no plan.
Mr Shorten either doesn't understand the importance of policies which deter vulnerable people undertaking dangerous journeys on people smuggling boats or he is recklessly playing politics with people's lives.
Labor and Mr Shorten have learned nothing from their failures.
The legacy left from the Rudd-Gillard Labor year's – 30,000 unprocessed illegal arrivals in Australia, several thousand more in regional processing centres established by Mr Rudd – will take this Government and future governments years to deal with.
The Coalition Government has stopped the boats, but cleaning up the totality of the crisis Labor created at our borders, in detention centres and in the Australian community is an ongoing challenge.
Mr Shorten and Labor cannot be trusted on border security.