Refugee Council of Australia
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Eroding our identity as a generous nation: Community views on Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum

Ten-point plan

The Refugee Council of Australia’s ten-point plan for reform of Australia’s asylum seeker policies

  1. Encourage practical regional cooperation on refugee protection to provide viable alternative pathways to protection for people seeking asylum and refugees in the Asia-Pacific region.
  2. End Operation Sovereign Borders to ensure that all people seeking asylum in Australia receive a fair assessment of their claims and are not returned to danger.
  3. Abolish offshore processing and return all refugees and people seeking asylum sent to Nauru or Papua New Guinea to Australia.
  4. Reform immigration detention by developing legislation to introduce a time limit on detention, establish a system of judicial review of detention and prevent the detention of children in closed facilities.
  5. Improve support for people seeking asylum in the community through revising income support rates and providing greater access to essential support services such as education, English classes and employment support.
  6. Reinstate a fair refugee status determination process with equal access to protection for all people seeking asylum, regardless of how they arrived in Australia or whether they held valid documentation.
  7. End discrimination based on mode of arrival by abolishing policies which deny access to services and entitlements due to a person having arrived by boat or without documentation.
  8. Improve protection for unaccompanied children by establishing guardianship arrangements independent of the Minister for Immigration and enhancing support for this particularly vulnerable group of young people.
  9. Improve protection for stateless people including through the introduction of a statutory statelessness status determination procedure.
  10. End the demonisation of people seeking asylum by replacing politically-charged negative rhetoric with factual information and respectful discussion of refugee issues.

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