The Anti-people Smuggling and Other Measures Act
21 April 2010
Professor Mary Crock expresses concern about a redefinition of people smuggling and the criminalisation of its supporters.
In an interview with Richard Aedy on ABC Radio National's Life Matters, says smuggling for profit is a crime but the bill extends that definition to include anybody who brings people without a visa to Australia, be they Qantas or a boat captain unaware of a stowaway.
"People who pick up shipwreck survivors, such as Captain Arne Rinnan from the Tampa or the navy, would also count as criminals.
"Anybody who sends money overseas that ends up being used in people smuggling can also be held accountable."Listen to or download the audio - People smuggling bill - ABC Radio National's Life Matters
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