UnitingJustice has made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014. The Uniting Church believes that no child should ever be detained. The indefinite and mandatory detention of children is a gross violation of international human rights laws and inflicts terrible harm on children.
Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia's Protection Obligations) Bill 201330 January 2014
UnitingJustice has made a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. The Uniting Church believes the Protection Obligations Bill will not enable Australia to meet even a minimum of requirements for the protection of refugee rights under international law.
Letter to Shadow Minister for Immigration & Citizenship05 March 2013
The National Director of UnitingJustice Australia has written to Scott Morrison, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship addressing his recent comments in regards to asylum seekers living within the community.
Submission Health Care for Asylum Seekers Bill 201217 October 2012
UnitingJustice has made a submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee in regards to the lack of medical and mental health facilities on offshore detention sites.
Submission to the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers21 July 2012
UnitingJustice has made recommendations to the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, highlighting the urgent need for the Government to implement sustainable, compassionate and humanitarian policies.
Inquiry into the Deterring People Smuggling Bill 201101 November 2011
UnitingJustice believes that the proposed amendments to the Migration Act demonstrate a flagrant disregard of the facts around people smuggling and its prevention. UnitingJustice urges the Government to enact legislation that is consistent with its obligations under international and domestic laws.
Inquiry into the Agreement on the Transfer of Asylum Seekers to Malaysia14 September 2011
The National Director of UnitingJustice wrote to the committee members of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs opposing the transfer of asylum seekers to Malaysia. The Uniting Church does not believe it is appropriate to send asylum seekers to other countries, particularly countries where their safety cannot be guaranteed.
Inquiry into Australian Immigration Detention Network01 August 2011
The Uniting Church in Australia submission to the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Immigration Detention Network reiterates the Church’s call to Government to the end arbitrary, indefinite and mandatory detention of asylum seekers. It recommends a time limit on detention for health, security and identity checks and access to settlement support and services while people wait in the community for their protection claims to be assessed.
In this submission, the Uniting Church comments on Australia's Humanitarian Program, and outlines the key principles that should underpin Australia's policy in this area.
Inquiry into Migration Amendment Bill 201130 May 2011
The National Director for UnitingJustice wrote to the Committee members of the Inquiry into the Migration Amendment Bill 2011 expressing concerns about proposed changes which could see the commitment of a minor offence in detention prevent a refugee from being granted protection.