Community Sector Banking
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Policy

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

Revealed: How Australian politicians would bridge the trust divide

Contributor

Thursday, 17th October 2019 at 8:35 am

‘Trust is the glue that enables collective action for mutual benefit’

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 24th September 2019 at 8:36 am

Global refugee crisis prompts calls for policy rethink

Luke Michael

Friday, 21st June 2019 at 4:05 pm

New Zealand urged to create more compassionate refugee policy

Luke Michael

Monday, 27th May 2019 at 4:16 pm

POPULAR

Our royal commission is not yet a safe place for people with disability

Emma Bennison

Wednesday, 6th November 2019 at 4:59 pm

A sad and sorry history of Newstart

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 19th November 2019 at 8:00 am

Report finds NFP boards lack leadership in fundraising

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 13th November 2019 at 2:30 pm

Why Australia needs more noisy charities!

David Crosbie

Thursday, 7th November 2019 at 8:58 am

Community Sector Banking
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!