News

Landry backs promise to slash asylum seeker arrivals by 6000

MICHELLE Landry is backing Tony Abbott's promise to slash the number of asylum seekers accepted onto Australian soil by more than 6000 a year.

The Opposition Leader last week announced a Tony Abbott-led government would wind back the recent government commitment to increase Australia's annual intake to 20,000 - opening the door to only 13,750.

Echoing her leader's "illegal" terminology, the Liberal National Party's federal candidate for the seat of Capricornia said people should not be able to sidestep the correct channels.

"They're coming into the country illegally," she said.

"We've got pensioners on the poverty line and they're seeing these people just handed things like a free medical pension."

Legal experts have recently attacked Mr Abbott's repeated assertions it is "illegal" for asylum seekers to arrive by boat on Australian shores.

International law experts said Australian and international laws were clear it was not illegal to enter Australia without a visa and seek asylum.

"Well I'd have to read up on that," Ms Landry said when questioned about her statement.

The asylum seeker debate has caused rifts within the Labor Party this week, forcing a softening of policy around refugee work rights.

The Immigration Minister Chris Bowen last week announced those who could not be sent to Nauru or Manus Island because there was not enough room, would be released into the community with no work rights and limited financial support.

But on Monday, after a backlash from Labor MPs, he signalled a willingness to put mechanisms in place for those refugees to be able to support themselves.

Topics:  michelle landry, tony abbott




Hundreds take up the challenge on Mount Archer

Ashley Brownsey, Brendon Brauer and Nixon Brauer prepare to take on Mount Archer in the Challenge the Mountain event.

With clear skies, Challenge the Mountain ran smoothly

Craft beer and cider fest a hit

CHEERS: Kelly and Matt Thompson at the Craft Beer and Cider Festival.

VARIOUS flavours of beer and ciders were cheered in the air.

Port Curtis students set the bar high in NAPLAN

BRAIN POWER: Port Curtis Rd State School students set the bar high after students including Year 5 student Lachlan MacDonald and Year 3 student Jaiden Ditroi excelled in this year's Naplan test with both grades achieving above the national standard for numeracy and literacy.

PORT Curtis Road State School Year 3 and Year 5 students excel.

Latest deals and offers

Mountain biking dreams come true for Rockhampton enthusiasts

First Turkey is expanding to cater for all ages and all riding abilities, with an aim to one day host state and national competitions.


Get Set for Summer!

Win One of Ten Prize Packs
Learn More

Fishermen reel in a Classic catch

Jackson Slack with 2.2kg Coral Trout and 4.1kg Sweetlip at the Tight Lines Fishing Classic on Friday.

Fishermen line up to weigh-in big catch for Coast Guard Yeppoon

What's on the small screen this week

Bella Frizza in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight.

THE Block's $65,000 bathroom is revealed and strangers marry.

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa