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Resolution at Victorian ALP State Conference calls for appeal process for asylum seekers with adverse security assessments

Urgency Motion: Rights of Appeal to adverse ASIO security decisions for Refugees & Asylum Seekers in indefinite detention. The lack of appeal rights and merits review of refugees with adverse ASIO assessment decisions means genuine refugees, men, women and children, are caught in a legal black hole.  They are effectively facing incarceration for the rest of their lives, simply for seeking protection as refugees in Australia.  Independent review and appeal are basic principles of modern justice. ASIO, like all decision…

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New ‘asylum seeker syndrome’ is avoidable with time limits on detention: Greens

A new psychological condition diagnosed among asylum seekers held in indefinite detention is further evidence of the need to put time-limits on detention and close remote and isolated detention centres, the Australian Greens said today. “The discovery of this new mental illness syndrome is nothing for Australia to be proud of,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “It is saddening to learn that this new condition is being created because of the long-term and indefinite detention of vulnerable people…

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Greens to amend ASIO Act so refugees and their children can challenge indefinite detention

The Australian Greens said today they will seek to amend the ASIO Act so refugees, including children, are no longer detained for the rest of their lives because of adverse security assessments which cannot be challenged. “There is a problem with the current law that allows for a young mother and her children to be detained indefinitely, effectively for the rest of their lives without explanation or ability to challenge,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “No one with…

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Petition to protest the indefinite detention of Ranjini and her children

Ranjini and her two children aged 6 and 8 have been taken by the Australian government and placed in ‘indefinite detention’, without charge, without trial, without appeal. Please find the link to the GetUp! petition which will be delivered to Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen demanding to ensure no person in Australia should be held indefinetely without charge, trial or appeal. We urge all our members to sign this appeal and pass it on to family and…

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Greens urge govt stop destroying families and change ASIO Act

The Australian Greens have today urged the federal government to change the ASIO Act after revelations another family has been torn apart and faces indefinite detention even though they have been granted refugee protection. “The Greens were deeply upset by last night’s Lateline story on a young Sri Lankan woman and her two sons who have been removed from Melbourne to Villawood detention centre,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “Australia authorities found they were refugees and gave them…

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