Let s fix our immigration system!
The events of the last few months have confirmed what we have known for some time; our immigration system is in total disarray and failing the worlds most vulnerable people . Rather than committing to the overhaul that is long over due, the Government and the Coalition are locked in a race to the bottom.
The Greens are the sole voice of reason and compassion in the Parliament and my Migration Amendment Bill (currently before the Senate) would end the failed policy of mandatory detention.
The key features of my Bill are:
– No mandatory detention
Currently detention of asylum seekers is mandated by law and this is the first point of call for boat arrivals. My bill will reverse this presumption, and instead ensure that detention is only a last resort . This would end the mandatory detention policy of the Government and Opposition.
– No indefinite and long term detention
In instances where an asylum seeker is detained, this can only occur for up to 30 days, and;
– Judicial Review
As a safeguard, any detention longer than 30 days will be subject to judicial review
– No children in detention
More than 1000 children are currently being held in immigration detention. This is not the way to treat children. Under my Bill, no children will be held in detention.
– End off-shore processing
The Bill would end off shore processing and repeal the excised territory policy.
If implemented, my Bill would reduce the pressure on a system at breaking point, as well as meet our obligations under international law.
Australia is a country that prides itself of the fair go, yet we have an immigration system that punishes those who travel to our country seeking our protection and support. We can and must do better than this.
My Bill is on the Senate notice paper and Ill be lobbying all parties to join the Greens in supporting it.
I need your help too. Contact your states Senators urging them to support my Bill.
Lets work together to fix our immigration system.
Senator Sarah Hanson- Young
Australian Greens Senator for South Australia
Level 13/100 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000
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