UnitingJustice has contributed to a Senate inquiry into draft legislation on the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. The proposed changes seek to make all the activities of Operation Sovereign Borders law. They would allow the Government to ignore court decisions and international obligations. The Bill re-introduces temporary protection visas, denying permanent protection to those who are found to be refugees. Changes to the refugee claim assessment process risks Australia incorrectly returning people to situations of danger. The Bill also threatens the accountability and transparency upon which our democratic government should operate.
Inquiry into the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 201411 November 2014