Australia’s government announced Wednesday that it would reject the UN Migration Pact.
Adopting the pact “would risk encouraging illegal entry to Australia and reverse… hard-won successes in combating the people-smuggling trade”, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a joint statement with his home and foreign ministers.
“We believe that the compact is inconsistent with our well-established policies and not in Australia’s interest,” the ministers said.
They added the pact “would also be used by those who have sought to undermine Australia’s strong border-protection laws and practices” in a jab at opposition parties which have been escalating calls for refugees to be released from Nauru and PNG’s Manus Island.
The current list of countries refusing to sign the Pact (in the order that they announced their refusal):
- Czech Republic