World Refugee Day 20/6/2016
Last Tuesday was World Refugee Day and Dr John Falzon, our National,CEO, took the opportunity of this global event and the proximity of the Federal Election to tell political leaders and candidates from all sides of politics that we can do better for refugees seeking our protection. He says "World Refugee Day celebrates the positive contributions refugees make to Australia, and also provides an opportunity to reflect on our unjust treatment of asylum seekers and refugees". He goes on to urge our political leaders to abandon the policies of offshore processing and fast-track processing and focus on more humane procedures. He agrees that identity, medical and security checks are necessary but the Society opposes mandatory and indefinite detention. Furthermore, Dr Falzon tells us that the grossly unfair fast -track processing system for certain boat people narrows the definition of an asylum seeker and may remove the right for an independent review.
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