Organised scams such as Malaysians on an electronic travel authority seeking asylum in Australia are now almost 20 years old. In the past, the former Immigration Department acted on these quickly and the numbers out of Malaysia rarely got above a few hundred before the organisers decided they were losing money and stopped trying to game the system.
In the latest episode of this scam which started in 2016, Home Affairs appears to have been asleep. As a result, non-genuine onshore asylum claims are now counted in the tens of thousands. What we don’t know is why Peter Dutton allowed this situation to get so out of hand before acting?