Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Rebel MP slams 'draconian' laws

"(This) is the most profoundly disturbing piece of legislation I have encountered since becoming a member of parliament.

The Age reports "Victorian Liberal backbencher Petro Georgiou has described government laws that will send all asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat offshore as the most "profoundly disturbing'' legislation he has ever encountered in parliament.

Mr Georgiou has vowed to cross the floor of parliament to vote with Labor and oppose the laws.

At least one other coalition backbencher, Russell Broadbent, is likely to join him."

This stand is important for both the health of Australia's democracy and our place as a defender of human rights on the international stage. Much is at stake and these coalition politicians are to be applauded for making a difference.

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