Dial Up Accountability - Let Them Keep Their Phones

Dial Up Accountability - Let Them Keep Their Phones

The Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 that was recently introduced in Parliament raises serious concerns.

These proposed laws are entirely unnecessary and represent an inappropriate “securitisation” and “criminalisation” of immigration detention. It is important to note that the majority of persons in held in locked immigration detention facilities are not detained on criminal 'section 501' grounds. 

Many of these people have no criminal history and are extremely vulnerable with acute mental and physical health issues.

The new laws raise a number of concerns.

1. No compelling case has been put forward by the Government to ...

The Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 that was recently introduced in Parliament raises serious concerns.

These proposed laws are entirely unnecessary and represent an inappropriate “securitisation” and “criminalisation” of immigration detention. It is important to note that the majority of persons in held in locked immigration detention facilities are not detained on criminal 'section 501' grounds. 

Many of these people have no criminal history and are extremely vulnerable with acute mental and physical health issues.

The new laws raise a number of concerns.

1. No compelling case has been put forward by the Government to justify the proposed amendments and they are entirely unnecessary and disproportionate;

2. The amendments would provide the Minister with an unjustifiably broad personal power to prohibit anything he or she personally wished to specify, including items that pose no specific threat;

3. The expansion of search powers proposed by the Bill fail to recognise the many different forms of immigration detention and circumstances of detainees, and would have a profoundly adverse impact on those that are highly vulnerable people, including refugees and asylum seekers with past experiences of torture and trauma; and

4. The prohibition of communication devices such as mobile phones would unreasonably interfere with basic human rights of immigration detainees, including access to legal representation, freedom of expression and association, as well as inhibiting the ability of vulnerable people to access essential assistance and support, including from mental health professionals, immediate family and religious counsel.

Please call on our politicians to block the passage of the Bill to prevent these cruel and unnecessary changes becoming law.

 

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Email key politicians to dial up accountability

Please email Senator Keneally to stop the proposed new law to take phones off people who are seeking asylum in our detention centres.  The new law will be considered by Parliament in the coming weeks and Senator Keneally and a small number of politicians have the power to stop it. (In addition to emailing Senator Kristina Keneally, you will also be copying in Centre Alliance senators and others who can ...

Please email Senator Keneally to stop the proposed new law to take phones off people who are seeking asylum in our detention centres.  The new law will be considered by Parliament in the coming weeks and Senator Keneally and a small number of politicians have the power to stop it. (In addition to emailing Senator Kristina Keneally, you will also be copying in Centre Alliance senators and others who can influence the vote.)  

Phones enable the wider community to act as witnesses to the activities within detention centres, keeping the government accountable.  They are a lifeline to loved ones and serve to support mental health.  Please ask our politicians to make sure we keep these lifelines secure.

 

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