Tony Abbott says asylum seeker mothers attempting self-harm won’t influence Government’s border protection policy
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Photo: Tony Abbott says Australians would not want him to “capitulate to moral blackmail”. (AAP: James Elsby. File photo.)
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The Prime Minister says the Government will not be held “over a moral barrel” amid reports asylum seekers in detention are attempting suicide to ensure their children are settled in Australia.
Fairfax is reporting that a dozen mothers on Christmas Island have attempted to kill themselves so their children have a better chance of being accepted by immigration officials.
It comes as 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers are held at sea while the High Court considers whether to hear a case on the legality of the Government’s actions.
Tony Abbott told Channel 9 that he would not comment on the specifics of the case but said the asylum seekers we safe.
When asked about the reports of mothers self-harm…