RCOA welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 and its likely impact on people in detention, their families and support networks as well as visitors to immigration detention facilities. We are greatly concerned that this Bill aims to introduce further restrictions to an immigration detention environment that is already highly restrictive.
RCOA is troubled that these restrictions and the proposed strengthened search and seizing powers of authorised officers are planned to be implemented in all types of immigration detention facilities, irrespective of the vulnerabilities and needs of people detained in those facilities. We are also disappointed that, similar to a number of other Bills and policies introduced in relation to immigration detention in recent years, this Bill does not address the real problems with Australia’s immigration detention system, namely the lack of a time limit on detention and limited oversight of decisions to detain.
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