Stop these inhumane migration bills

Stop these inhumane migration bills

The Federal Government has put three migration bills before Parliament that must be stopped.

These bills target refugees, people seeking asylum, and all migrants. If passed, these bills will have a devastating effect on some of the most vulnerable people and their families and communities.

Each bill is a unique attack on the rule of law:

  • Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention) Bill 2020. 

This Bill gives the Minister sweeping powers to ban everyday items such as mobile phones in detention.

For many detainees their mobile phone is the only contact they have with their families. It’s the ...

The Federal Government has put three migration bills before Parliament that must be stopped.

These bills target refugees, people seeking asylum, and all migrants. If passed, these bills will have a devastating effect on some of the most vulnerable people and their families and communities.

Each bill is a unique attack on the rule of law:

  • Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention) Bill 2020. 

This Bill gives the Minister sweeping powers to ban everyday items such as mobile phones in detention.

For many detainees their mobile phone is the only contact they have with their families. It’s the only way they can see their children grow up from the confines of their prison. It’s a lifeline. And it’s sometimes the only way we can see into these facilities.

To remove their mobile phones is cruel and dangerous. And it infringes on the basic human rights and access to justice of all detainees.

The government wants to stop oversight of our notorious detention centres and leave those locked away without support. It is unconscionable.

  • Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019 

This Bill is a very blunt tool. It sets a very low threshold for automatic failure of the character test, which includes minor offences.  This can result in being a person being deported to their birthplace - where they may no longer have any family or ties, and where they may face serious harm including death and torture – and away from their families in Australia.

Many of us have ancestors who were transported to Australia for similar offences over 200 years ago. Now we are proposing to do the same to people whose whole lives are here, and who are products of this country.

The government already has the power to cancel visas in almost any situation: this change to the law will see unjust and devastating results, with no demonstrable reason.

  • Migration and Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Information Provisions) Bill 2020

And if you are deported or detained, this Bill means you may never know why. It strips away a person’s right to know and respond to a case against them, which is fundamentally against the rule of law. The Bill gives excessive power to the government and increases secrecy. Is it the ‘thin end of the wedge’?

 

These bills are an embodiment of the lack of decency in the treatment of some of the most vulnerable people on the planet, which has been sadly a theme of repeated parliaments for far too long.

The government has repeatedly shown its disregard for migrants and refugees. It must end.

We cannot stand by and allow these Bills to be passed – for all our sakes.

Please write to your Federal MP today: join us and stop these unjustified Bills that threaten the human rights and civil liberties of some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and push government activities further into the cover of darkness.

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Stop Migration Bills

The Federal Government has put three migration bills before Parliament that must be stopped

By sending this email you will be communicating with five key decision makers about the three migration bills.

  1. Senator J Lambie
  2. Senator Rex Patrick
  3. Senator Stirling Griff
  4. Senator Pauline Hanson
  5. Senator Malcolm Roberts

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