Scott Morrison agreed his department should intervene in ASIO security checks to try to prevent asylum seekers from being granted permanent protection visas, according to cabinet documents obtained by the ABC.
Immigration Department advised up to 700 asylum seekers “must” be granted permanent protection
Scott Morrison agreed to “mitigation strategies” including asking ASIO to slow down security checks so deadlines would be missed
Without intervention, 30 extra asylum seekers a week could have been granted protection
In late 2013, the then-immigration minister was rushing through changes that would prevent any asylum seekers who arrived by boat from ever being granted permanent protection in Australia.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection advised Mr Morrison that up to 700 asylum seekers “must” be granted permanent protection under the existing legislation.