Senator The Hon Chris is the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in the Rudd Government and Leader of the government in the Senate. Tackling the Immigration portfolio at a time of record global people movements and people smuggling is an onerous task. Australia’s Pacific Solution in the Howard Government years created controversy and has given way to offshore processing of unlawful asylum seekers with Rudd Labor. But, since the change in policy, an increase of refugee boats coming into Australian territory from Indonesia has reopened the debate. On Wednesday, 24 March Senator Chris Evans addressed The Sydney Institute to give the government’s position on the challenges of what has become “irregular” migration.

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