There may be passionate inner-city protests against Prime Minister Tony Abbott's hardline treatment of asylum seekers, but the silent majority of Australians agrees with him.
An Essential poll over the weekend found just 22% of voters thought the Coalition was "too tough" on asylum seekers -- more people thought the government was "too soft" (25%). The most common response was that the Coalition was "taking the right approach" (35% of respondents). It's a vindication -- from the public at least -- of Abbott's approach.
While the government has been reluctant to reveal what it's doing with asylum seekers, citing "operational reasons" for the gag, we know Australian authorities are trying to turn boats around and send them back to Indonesia (putting pressure on that bilateral relationship), and are sending other boats to facilities on remote Pacific islands. Some people are being sent back to the country where they started their journey. Applications for asylum are being processed very slowly. Abbott has likened his campaign to "a war
The online Essential poll of just over 1000 people was taken after Immigration Minister Scott Morrison apologised on Friday
for Australian vessels breaching Indonesian sovereignty in the hunt for asylum seekers.
Do you think the Federal Liberal / National Government is too tough or too soft on asylum seekers or is it taking the right approach?