For the record, I don't have an issue with refugees. I actually believe in open borders, I think anyone wanting to come to Australia should be allowed to for whatever reason, whether it's for asylum or for economic reasons. My family came here for economic reasons as did many of my friends. Why should we be afforded that privilege and not others? Anyone in Australia who isn't indigenous came from somewhere after all..
I just oppose policies that enable criminals to take advantage of vulnerable people and result in loss of life.
As for "operation sovereign borders", the draconian immigration policy of the Abbott government and consequent secrecy around naval operations which were obviously in contravention of various international laws, together with the gag placed on workers in detention centres about the horrific conditions in those centres absolutely disgusts me.