02:25 PM | Sat Dec 16, 2017

Late last year the federal government introduced tough new measures aimed at stemming the flow of people making the journey to Australia illegally by boat.

Vessels that are intercepted are either turned back to their place of origin or detained, then send to Nauru or Manus Island for processing.

The measures mean that people who arrive will never be settled in Australia, ever. They will not be allowed to visit on a tourist visa at any stage in the future.

Many view this lifetime ban as excessive, though the immigration department insists that it is essential to send a message to people smugglers and people planning the journey.

Cambodia and Papua New Guinea have been identified as third country options for people who are found to be genuine refugees.

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