In an increasingly globalised world, nations are under pressure to cede their sovereign rights to various global commitments, like the costly and somewhat dubious Paris Climate agreement.
But signing up to these accords is often far easier than exiting them. Just ask the British how Brexit is proceeding.
Fortunately, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has ruled out signing onto a global pact on migration. He stated that he will not allow the United Nations to undermine Australia’s borders.
According to the AAP, more than 190 countries have agreed to the pact.
Why did Australia not sign the global pact?
The idea of the pact is commendable. It aims to promote safe and orderly migration and to reduce human trafficking. And it likely makes sense for most of the 190 nations that have signed up to do so.
But unlike many of the countries who have already signed up for the pact, Australia is a safe, wealthy nation with secure borders. And Peter Dutton intends to keep it that way.
Speaking to 2GB radio yesterday he said:
‘We’re not going to sign a document that surrenders our sovereignty. We’re serious about keeping our borders secure. We’re not going to allow the UN or anybody else to disrupt the hard work that’s taken place.’
Dutton also pointed to Europe. While most European nations are relatively wealthy, their borders are anything but secure.
Dutton implied that after being inundated by millions of undocumented migrants some European countries were losing their sense of national identity. ‘In generations to come that will have a huge impact on those societies,’ he said.
And he warned that people smugglers were still out there keeping a keen eye on Australia. But Dutton isn’t prepared to give them an opening.
‘We’re not going to give up those hard-fought gains,’ Dutton stated.
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