May 2021 newsletter: We cannot be silent in the face of the Federal Government’s actions

May 19, 2021

I am becoming increasingly disturbed by the actions of our Government. In the past month, the Federal Government has continued to chip away at the human rights of refugees and people seeking asylum.

The latest budget found plenty of money to put more people seeking asylum in detention, including $464.7 million over two years for onshore immigration detention and the Christmas Island detention centre.

And yet there was no allocation of funds recognising that people seeking asylum need to have their basic needs met while they wait for protection.

Last week the Migration Amendment Bill was rushed through Parliament with bipartisan support. This bill increases the risk that refugees and others in need of protection will be detained indefinitely, without adequate judicial review.

The details of these laws are here.

It is part of an emerging pattern that seeks to exclude and punish people for exercising their right to seek asylum. We all need to be vigilant to ensure that people’s rights are upheld. There is an absence of debate and a lack of information about the contribution of migrants and refugees in this country.

We all need to keep these issues on the political agenda and social commentary. Please work with us to amplify these stories and challenge the lack of inclusion by writing to your politicians. Find out how.

Thank you for both your practical and your political support.

Warm regards

Frances Rush OAM
Chief Executive Officer

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