A Joint Appeal to the Prime Minister

11 November 2013
A Joint Appeal to the Prime Minister

UnitingJustice joined 137 non-government agencies, faith-based organisations and community groups, expressing concern about the Government’s recent announcement regarding the use of the term “illegal maritime arrivals” to refer to asylum seekers who have arrived by boat.

This letter was developed in response to requests from concerned Australians wishing to see a joint response to this decision. It reflects a growing sense of disquiet among many Australians, not only about the nation’s response to people seeking protection from persecution but also about the implications for social cohesion of the Government use of such dehumanising language.

The full list of signatories can be viewed at the end of the attachment.