Asylum seeker campaign an 'extraordinary' breach

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus

THE Coalition has accused Labor of an "extraordinary" breach of the caretaker conventions after Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus signed off on continuing the $12 million asylum seeker advertising campaign.

"The public information campaign related to the Papua New Guinea Regional Resettlement Arrangement will continue, at home as well as overseas, because it is essential that we stop people making the dangerous journey to Australia by boat," Mr Dreyfus said in a statement.

Shadow attorney-general George Brandis said the move was "unlawful".

He also revealed the Coalition was only opposed to the domestic advertising component of the campaign and had agreed to the offshore campaign continuing.

The Greens were also critical of the decision, describing it in a statement as "blatant rorting of taxpayer money to fund their advertising campaign in caretaker mode".

It came as another two boats carrying a total of 124 people were intercepted in Australian waters on Thursday and Friday.

Topics:  advertising asylum seekers campaign coalition federal election 2013 george brandis labor mark dreyfus

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