ASYLUM SEEKERS, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
THE LNP ( LIARS NASTY PARTY ) ARE NOW A FULLY FLEDGED FASCIST GOVERNMENT
URGENT PLEASE READ.
OK I'm going to use the "F" word. This government has crossed the line into FASCISM. .
The Asylum Legacy Bill goes before the Senate Committee tomorrow. Please write to Senators opposing this Bill.
The key problems with the proposed amendments include:
• Removal of references to the Refugee Convention from the Migration
Act. Removing reference to the Refugees Convention from the Migration
Act (the cornerstone of our immigration system) essentially allows the
Government to turn its back on its protection obligations. It is never
acceptable for a signatory nation to simply rewrite a human rights
treaty for its own purposes.
• Suspension of the rules of natural
justice – removing the possibility of High Court challenges: the rule of
law and the judiciary is fundamental in our democracy, ensuring
fairness, justice and transparency in decision-making.
• Provides an
explicit power exempting certain vessels involved in maritime
enforcement operations from the inappropriate application of the Marine
Safety National Law, the Navigation Act 2012 and the Shipping
Registration Act 1981. This removes all responsibility from those
charged with turning boats around at sea. It also means that actions
such as stripping life boats or floatation devices from boats may be
permitted, as well as removing supplies such as food, water or
• Changes that would allow boats carrying people
seeking asylum to be towed anywhere beyond Australian territories. This
includes the open sea, and leaving them there without regard for the
safety of their passengers.
• Fast track assessment process with no
access to the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) and very limited review
processes. Fast turnaround processing was ruled illegal in the United
Kingdom in July 2014 as it carried an “unacceptable risk of unfairness”
• Children born to asylum seekers who arrived by boat will not be
eligible for any visa, but would be classified as “transitory persons”,
creating a new group of stateless persons. If these changes go ahead,
some babies born in this country will be subject to mandatory detention
and mandatory removal to Nauru as soon as possible.
• Safe Haven
Enterprise Visas - temporary visas for 3 to 5 years which would not
provide permanent protection visas even for those people assessed to be
refugees. There is no justification for leaving people found to be
refugees in limbo, with no prospect of resettlement in Australia.