The left may not like it, but one of the Coalition's great success stories since 2013 is that it stopped the boats, bringing to an end a period in which Labor -- helped by politically motivated obstructionism from the Coalition and the Greens -- had allowed Australia's humanitarian program to run off the rails.
Part of the credit belongs to Kevin Rudd, who adopted a hardline "no resettlement in Australia for maritime arrivals" policy in his second stint as prime minister. But the bulk of the credit goes to Scott Morrison, whose boat turnback policy was -- whatever legitimate criticisms might be made of the secrecy in which it was shrouded -- highly successful in stopping boats coming to Australia and, therefore, people dying on the way. Critics insist that, somehow, this merely displaced maritime deaths to elsewhere in the region, but evidence for that is minimal.
By allowing access to Australia's humanitarian program to again be dictated by need, rather than by who had the resources to get a boat to Australia, our refugee resettlement program is more just. It can give priority to people who lack the resources to reach Australia by boat, and who are forced to wait in international resettlement camps for an opportunity for a permanent home free of persecution.