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Coalition Government May Have Broken International Law Paying Monies To People Smugglers

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"By hook or by crook" Tony Abbott, even if the coalition my have broken international law

“By hook or by crook” Tony Abbott, even if the coalition may have broken international law

Speaking to the ABC,Professor Don Rothwell – Professor of International Law at the Australian National University, has stated If Australia is making payment to people smuggles that would be seen as tantamount to people smuggling

Professor Rothwell said how Australia’s regional partners respond to the alleged revelation will decided how this issues will turn out rather then “the strict legalities of the interpretation of the people smuggling protocol”

“At either a legal or a policy level this alleged activity that Australia’s engaged in is not in any way consistent with Australia cooperating with Indonesia to disrupt and combat people smuggling at sea.” Professor Rothwell speaking to the ABC.

The Professor of International Law said protocols on dealing with people smugglers says “he provision of monies to people who are engaged in people smuggling activities to take persons from a place on the high seas to another place, such as Indonesia, is clearly a people smuggling-type activity,”

“At either a legal or a policy level this alleged activity that Australia’s engaged in is not in any way consistent with Australia cooperating with Indonesia to disrupt and combat people smuggling at sea.”

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