Paris Aristotle says ‘what has been put in place is not what was recommended’ and there is not a ‘skerrick of evidence’ it deters asylum seekers from boarding boats

One of the government’s key architects of offshore processing says Australia’s offshore detention centres are “terrible”, don’t deter asylum seekers from boarding boats, and are a corruption of what was recommended to government.

Paris Aristotle, AO and the Victorian Australian of the Year for 2017, was a member of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers that proposed Australia restart offshore processing of boat-borne asylum seekers. The proposal was one of 22 recommendations to the Gillard Labor government.

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