To: The Honorable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled
End Inhumane Treatment Of Asylum Seekers In Australia
Your petitioners ask that the Australian Parliament end mandatory detention and endorse the majority recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Immigration Network 2012, in particular recommendations 22 and 23 which read:
That the Australian Government take further steps to adhere to its commitment of only detaining asylum seekers as a last resort, and for the shortest practicable time, and subject to an assessment of non-compliance and risk factors as enunciated in the New Directions policy.
That asylum seekers who pass initial identity, health, character and security checks be immediately granted a bridging visa or moved to community detention while a determination of their refugee status is completed, and that all reasonable steps be taken to limit detention to a maximum of 90 days.
Why is this important?
We are ashamed and dismayed by the Australian Government’s inhumane treatment of people seeking asylum in Australia. Asylum seekers are subjected to long-term and sometimes indefinite detention, often in remote locations. This causes anxiety, illness, self-harm and suicide. Your petitioners believe that current practices of mandatory and prolonged detention of asylum seekers are harmful, ineffective and unnecessarily costly, and are inconsistent with human rights and Australia’s own professed immigration values.