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Tim Hornibrook : Charities, advocates, unions join forces to fight asylum seeker crackdown

Tim Hornibrook : Charities, advocates, unions join forces to fight asylum seeker crackdown

A coalition of refugee advocates, unions and charities have joined forces to resist the Turnbull government's dramatic crackdown on asylum seekers, vowing they won't be coerced back to Manus Island and Nauru.

National refugee services, St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army were among those in an emergency telephone conference on Monday to plan a response, including aid, accommodation and a public campaign.

he sector was left stunned on Sunday after Fairfax Media revealed plans to strip up to 400 asylum seekers in Australia of welfare payments and accommodation, in a bid to force them back to offshore detention.

 


That drew fierce opprobrium from the legal fraternity. The NSW Bar Association said the comment was regrettable and "inappropriate", while Law Council of Australia president Fiona McLeod called it a "truly extraordinary" attack.

 

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"There is nothing more Australian than ensuring people are subject to the rule of law and have their legal rights protected," she said.

Asylum seekers interviewed by the Immigration Department on Monday, including the victims of sexual assault, were told they could return to the countries from which they fled. According to advocates, the group includes more than 50 babies born in Australia, and 66 children born in other countries.

Hugh de Kretser, executive director of the Human Rights Law Centre, said it was an "absurd and cruel" crackdown designed to sidestep the government's undertaking not to deport people while legal proceedings are under way.

Labor and the Greens deplored the move and were exploring options to have it blocked by the Parliament. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said it was "cowardly and cruel to treat these people badly - it is weak".

Mr Dutton said that would be "glee to the ears of people smugglers, who would be rubbing their hands together". Allowing the asylum seekers to remain in Australia would enable people smugglers to say "you can go to Australia for medical assistance and then you'll stay there", he said.



source : smh.com.au

 

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Aug 28 2017 at 12:00 AM - Dec 30 2027 at 12:00 AM
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