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To: Australian Federal Government

STOP Labor's attack on refugees - STOP the Migration Amendment Bill

STOP Labor's attack on refugees - STOP the Migration Amendment Bill

Why is this important?

Hundreds of refugees are being threatened with a minimum of one year in prison if they refuse to cooperate with efforts to deport them, under a new bill introduced by Labor. This bill passing would mean refugees who don't cooperate with the government's attempt to deport them could be fined almost $100,000 and imprisoned.

Labor have made this disgraceful move after the high court ruled it was illegal for the government to indefinitely detain refugees like this in Australia. If people on bridging visas, without visas, or in immigration detention fail to comply with a directions from the Immigration Minister to assist in their own deportation will be a criminal offence carrying a mandatory minimum of 12 months in prison, a maximum of five years, a $93,900 fine, or both imprisonment and a fine.

One of the refugees currently at the centre of this case is known as ASF17 - a bisexual Iranian man who the government are currently attempting to deport back to Iran, where he will face certain persecution and fears for his life. ASF17 has been held in indefinite immigration detention in PNG since he fled Iran to Australia in 2013. The government justifies his detention on the basis that he has refused to cooperate with Iranian authorities to receive the necessary travel documents to be deported.

Now, ASF17 is at the centre of a legal case which will be heard by the high court in April, arguing that refugees in his position should be covered by last year's high court ruling declaring indefinite immigrant detention unlawful. The response of the Labor government has been to brutally double down on their anti-refugee politics.

This is a disgrace - everyone fleeing persecution and oppression in their home countries should be welcome here.

We Demand:
- STOP the Migration Amendment (removals and other measures) bill
- Allow refugees in Australia without visas, or with any kind of temporary visa to have PERMANENT protection in Australia, without threat of deportation
- END the racist cruelty of the Australian government toward refugees

Petition Authored by the National Union of Students Queer/LGBTQIA+ Department, Monash Student Association Queer Officers, and the Tamil Refugee Council



2024-03-27 14:49:46 +1100

100 signatures reached

2024-03-27 11:07:46 +1100

50 signatures reached

2024-03-27 10:10:53 +1100

25 signatures reached

2024-03-27 09:49:56 +1100

10 signatures reached