Amnesty International has slammed government legislation excising the Australian mainland from its migration zone as a dangerous move that will not save lives and blatantly defies Australia's commitments under the UN Refugee Convention.

"As the only country in the world to excise its borders from its migration zone, Australia has now confirmed its place in a shameful race to the bottom."
Dr Graham Thom

“As the only country in the world to excise its borders from its migration zone, Australia has now confirmed its place in a shameful race to the bottom," said Dr. Graham Thom, Amnesty International's Refugee Spokersperson.

“The Australian Government’s latest move joins a long list of measures implemented to deter those in dire need of our protection. It is entirely hypocritical for the Government to re-introduce the very same measure it vehemently opposed during the Howard years.

“It shows the extraordinary lengths the Government will go to absolve Australia from its international obligations.

“This absurd development sends a clear signal to the region that it is perfectly acceptable to ‘chop and change’ legislation purely to serve political interests, at the expense of some of the world’s most vulnerable people," said Dr. Thom.