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The current situation

Everyone has a right to safety

Australia has been a safe home for refugees since 1945, when half a million Europeans displaced by World War II were granted asylum. In 1954, Australia signed the UN Refugee Convention – making the commitment to not send refugees back to a place where they may be persecuted. 

Since then, waves of refugees have come to Australia from across the world – but not everyone has been welcomed equally. In 2013, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stated that no asylum seeker who arrived by boat would get permanent protection in Australia. There are now thousands of refugees in Australia who have held temporary protection visas for up to a decade, unable to build stable lives. A UN Human Rights Council working group has condemned Australia’s cruel practice of indefinitely incarcerating people seeking asylum. In recent years the government has cut income support for people seeking asylum and reduced the refugee intake

Although Australia is a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention, it has failed human rights obligations by detaining people seeking asylum.
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Advocacy in action

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Vote for fair refugee policies in 2022 federal election

March 02, 2022

As you consider who you will vote for at the coming federal election, consider asking your local candidate for their… More

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Kabir calls for safety for Afghan refugees and peace for his country

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Covid-19 anxiety peaks for asylum seeker sleeping rough

January 18, 2022

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Refugees bring strength, resilience and many talents to the Australian community. The Australian government’s shameful legacy of detention and unfair processes must end so we can make people seeking asylum feel safe and welcome in Australia

Frances Rush OAM

Asylum Seekers Centre CEO

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