To: The Honorable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled

End Inhumane Treatment Of Asylum Seekers In Australia

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:

Recommendation 22

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.

Recommendation 23
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.

Reasons for signing

  • I signed because two small Australian Children are being sent to a country that has been in constant turmoil since getting independence from UK early 1960s. I visited Columbo in 1965 Things have gone from bad to worse & now Islamic State are bombing Churches, Schools & other institutions my Family chose to stay in and Voted for Mr Menzies after 50 years I came close to voting for another at the Last Election. How many chances does one allow them in my 80th year
  • The Australian government should be ashamed of the inhumane treatment they inflict on innocent men, women and children seeking safe refuge from their own war torn homes. I am signing to hold them accountable.
  • i signed because we are doing something about asylum seekers and refugees in school and i just want to stop all the bad treatment and have people recognise that refugees are human too. and yuo should just put yourslef fin their shoes and imagine if you were in their situation