As unpopular as they are with some people, there is no doubt the Coalition’s turn back the boats policy has led to a massive reduction in both drownings at sea, and also in the numbers of people held in immigration detention.
So the number in detention has fallen from 13,000 under Labor to just over 2,000 under the Coalition.
And the number of children in detention is now zero, down from 2,000 under Labor.
Since 2013 not a single person has drowned at sea while trying to reach Australia.
Under the previous Labor Government a massive 1,138 people drowned.
The simple fact is the hardline policy has worked – it has reduced drownings and massively reduced the numbers in detention. The lesson is that putting the people smugglers out of business was in fact the most humane policy.