June 25, 2014
Media Release: Morrison plumbs new depths with coin flip decision on asylum seeker lives
A new bill introduced by Scott Morrison to parliament today says asylum seekers must prove ‘there would be a greater than 50 per cent chance that a person would suffer significant harm in the receiving country’ to avoid deportation to danger.
‘Morrison’s bill today strips away the fig leaf of the ‘deaths at sea’ excuse for the brutal treatment of asylum seekers. Ex-ambassador to Indonesia Tony Kevin has shown that asylum seekers’ risk of death at sea is between 2.5 and 3%. Yet now Scott Morrison is prepared to condemn asylum seekers to death on the flip of a coin’ said Breen
‘Asylum seekers will also be refused protection if they can’t establish their identity, nationality or citizenship. But Morrison knows that stateless asylum seekers like the Rohingyans or Faili Kurds often do not have required documents because their citizenship is not recognised in their home countries. Other asylum seekers quite reasonably destroy their documents to avoid the persecution from which they flee,’ said Breen.
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