Macquarie
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Politics

East Timor No Solution – World Vision


Wednesday, 7th July 2010 at 3:42 pm
Staff Reporter
World Vision says sending asylum seekers to East Timor raises many concerning questions.

Wednesday, 7th July 2010
at 3:42 pm
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
East Timor No Solution – World Vision
Wednesday, 7th July 2010 at 3:42 pm

Australia’s largest aid agency, World Vision has urged the Gillard Government to immediately provide details on its plan to establish a regional processing centre for asylum seekers in East Timor.

World Vision Australia says it's concerned with the number of apparent gaps in the asylum seeker policy announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

World Vision CEO Rev Tim Costello says the policy risks outsourcing the nation’s problems to another developing country in our region.

Rev Costello says at this point in time, East Timor is in no position to house a refugee community as it is still a young country focused on its own development as a nation following recent instability and conflict.

He says the government urgently needs to provide details on how it plans to fund and integrate this kind of facility into the East Timorese community.

Rev Costello says there are also questions remaining around how the Australian Government would contribute to addressing the humanitarian issues that result in desperate people fleeing their homelands.

He says World Vision is still waiting for details on how the new Gillard Government plans to assist poor communities as part of its responsibility as a good global citizen.

He says the government’s plan also lacks details on how the children of families seeking asylum will be treated at the proposed off-shore regional processing centre. The latest Immigration Department figures have revealed 508 people under the age of 18 were being housed in alternative detention accommodation as of June 11.

He says the Opposition’s plan to permit additional refugees to be settled in Australia under a community sponsorship model was worth exploring but its repetition of a policy to ‘turn back the boats’ offered no solution.
 




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

‘Potatoes For Dutton’ Campaign Aims to Raise $5,000 for Refugees

Maggie Coggan

Friday, 24th August 2018 at 5:09 pm

Sector Coordination Key to Getting Kids Off Nauru

Maggie Coggan

Tuesday, 21st August 2018 at 5:06 pm

St Vincent de Paul CEO Seeks Labor Preselection

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 11th July 2018 at 9:29 am

Community Sector Protests Cuts to Asylum Seeker Support Payments

Luke Michael

Monday, 18th June 2018 at 4:23 pm

POPULAR

Caution Needed Over Autism Diagnosis Guidelines

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 17th October 2018 at 5:25 pm

Google Reveals Finalists For $5.5 Million Grants Program

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 9th October 2018 at 4:46 pm

Resilient Families Becomes First SBB to Mature in Australia

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 10th October 2018 at 4:57 pm

Australia’s Largest Charity Kitchen Comes to Brisbane

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 10th October 2018 at 11:42 am

TITAN
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!