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Author Topic: Australia's mandatory detention policy overturned  (Read 914 times)

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Offline fearless

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Australia's mandatory detention policy overturned
« on: July 29, 2008, 11:49:53 PM »
Things are looking up in this part of world since the change of government last year. The latest positive step is the abolition of the policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/mandatory-detention-policy-overturned/2008/07/29/1217097241058.html

THE Federal Government says it has restored human dignity to its immigration policy by limiting the use of mandatory detention and offering free legal advice to asylum seekers held at Christmas Island.

The changes, announced by the Immigration Minister, Chris Evans, in Canberra yesterday, marked a departure from policy initiated by the Keating government 16 years ago, and continued under John Howard's leadership. During that time 80,000 people have been held in detention.

Only people who pose a risk to society or repeatedly breach visa conditions, and boat arrivals undergoing health, identity and security checks, will be detained - and only for the shortest practicable time.

"Detention is too often the first option, not the last," Senator Evans said. "Detention is an expensive, less humane and unnecessary option for a person who poses no health, community safety or flight risk."

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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Australia's mandatory detention policy overturned
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008, 11:58:12 PM »
This is a big deal.

In the last 200 years Australia -- wait let's face it white Australia -- has done some pretty shitty things to brown, black, yellow and other funny coloured people but few of those things have been as odious as the system of mandatory detention of unlawful immigrants.

It's about time that this hateful program was shitcanned.

MtD

 


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