The Australian government has been committed to restricting the ability for asylum seekers who arrive by boat to seek asylum in Australia for years, with John Howard famously declaring: "We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come." Asylum seekers who arrive by boat have been called "queue jumpers" and "illegals". But who is supposed to come to this country? And under what circumstances?
Are people who arrive by boat really queue jumpers?
If you are not supposed to come to Australia to seek asylum by boat, how are you meant to do it? Immigration solicitor Kerry Murphy explains.