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

New Legislation Undermines Global Asylum Seeker System


Friday, 17th August 2012 at 3:21 pm
Staff Reporter
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has criticised the Federal Government’s legislation on asylum seekers, saying the changes to the Migration Act will have limited impact in deterring those seeking protection in Australia.

Friday, 17th August 2012
at 3:21 pm
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
New Legislation Undermines Global Asylum Seeker System
Friday, 17th August 2012 at 3:21 pm

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has criticised the Federal Government’s legislation on asylum seekers, saying the changes to the Migration Act will have limited impact in deterring those seeking protection in Australia.

Chief Executive of RCOA, Paul Power said that the new legislation passed by the Government undermines the international system of asylum and would set back efforts to build better regional systems of refugee protection.

“It’s in Australia’s national interest to encourage its neighbours in Asia to take the protection needs of refugees seriously. Instead, we are creating a situation in which constructive regional cooperation on refugee protection issues is less likely to occur,” Power said.

“Australia should be exercising leadership in promoting better standards of protection for refugees. Unfortunately, our leadership this week has been of the most negative kind.”

Power said RCOA was also disappointed that the Senate did not support amendments by The Greens to introduce a regular system of Parliamentary scrutiny of the new arrangements.

“If the Government is confident it is implementing the right policy, it’s difficult to understand why it would be opposed having these new arrangements scrutinised by the Parliament,” he said.

“We realise that this legislation was developed in response to concerns about loss of life at sea but the Australian Parliament has taken the wrong approach.

“The Prime Minister has raised questions about the cost of additional refugee places but cost did not seem to be a factor at all in establishing offshore processing in Nauru and PNG.

“Our concern is that an all-too-familiar double standard may be applied – that positive measures are dismissed as unaffordable while there is no limit to the funds available for deterrence and detention.”

The amended Migration Act was pushed through both houses of Parliament this week allowing asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat to be processed offshore at Manus island and Nauru. 




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

Record Grant to Great Barrier Reef Charity Comes Under Senate Scrutiny

Maggie Coggan

Thursday, 2nd August 2018 at 4:01 pm

Canadian Court Protects Charities’ Political Activity

Paul Carter

Monday, 23rd July 2018 at 4:02 pm

Senator Sues: Sexism, Women and Australian Politics

Avery Poole

Wednesday, 11th July 2018 at 1:03 pm

St Vincent de Paul CEO Seeks Labor Preselection

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 11th July 2018 at 9:29 am

POPULAR

Concerns Raised Over NDIS Barriers for Homeless People With Disability

Maggie Coggan

Tuesday, 7th August 2018 at 8:24 am

NFPs Urged to Focus on Purpose

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 7th August 2018 at 8:27 am

Coordinated Care at Risk Under Marketisation of the NDIS

Luke Michael

Thursday, 9th August 2018 at 8:20 am

New NDIS Quarterly Report Revives Call to Lift NDIA Staff Cap

Luke Michael

Thursday, 16th August 2018 at 8:44 am

Dunlea Centre
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

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

You have Successfully Subscribed!