Present a Code of Conduct for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

The Refugee Action Collective will be presenting the following Code of Conduct for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition Front Bench, this Friday 20 December at 2pm at the Department of Immigration, Casseldon Place, cnr Lonsdale and Spring Sts.


Join us to request that the Minister publicly signs it.


Or if you can’t make it on the day, take it to your nearest Coalition MP & film yourself attempting to get them to sign.





Scott Morrison’s “Code of Behaviour” for asylum seekers is an act of discrimination, intended to falsely smear asylum seekers as criminals. Australian Bureau of Statics figures show that asylum seekers living in the community on bridging visas are around 45 times less likely to be charged with a crime than members of the general public. Statistics also show that over 25% of Tony Abbott’s front bench have had to repay claims for wrongful travel expenses, including Abbott and Morrison themselves.


Clearly it is the Coalition front bench in need of a “Code of Behaviour”, not asylum seekers. The Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) is deeply concerned at the actions of the front bench and their impact on the rights of others.


As Margaret Stone (of the Stone Review ) put it, “It’s not guesswork in the terms of tossing a coin, but it is prediction”  …that there will be further crimes committed by the Coalition front bench against asylum seekers and the Australian people. Therefore Refugee Action Collective has drawn up a code of conduct, for the government’s own good, and the protection of the rest of us.


The Refugee Action Collective approves the following code of behaviour specified in the Schedule to this instrument for the purpose of applicants seeking to satisfy the criteria of holding public office.


Code of Behaviour for Scott Morrison and Coalition Front Bench Ministers


This Code of Behaviour contains a list of expectations about how you will behave at all times while holding public office in Australia. It does not contain all your rights and duties under Australian law. If you are found to have breached the Code of Behaviour, you could be dismissed from office and could be made available for further processing and detention.


While you are living in the Australian community and claiming to serve it:

  • You must uphold all laws domestic and international, that prevent deportations to dangerous countries like Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and West Papua. You must not falsely claim that asylum seekers are “illegals”.
  • You must guarantee vulnerable asylum seekers in detention  are safe from sexual harrassment and assault. Specifically, you must release the report of the investigation into claims by senior manager of Manus Island detention centre Rod St George that a rape victim continued to be housed with their rapist because “no one leaves Manus”, despite pleas for this not to happen.
  • You must not get involved in any kind of criminal activity in Australia, including claiming fraudulent travel expenses. You must accept that weddings and sporting events are private functions, not tax payer funded events. You must accept that just like bank robbers, you cannot pay back proceeds once caught out and get off scott-free.
  • You must co-operate with all reasonable requests in regard to the resolution of your expenses claims, including requests to attend interviews or to provide or obtain identity and/or travel documents. You must also cooperate with all reasonable requests for information regarding asylum seekers.
  • You must stop the scapegoating – you must not harass, intimidate or bully any asylum seeker, or other person or group of people, or engage in any anti-social or disruptive activities that are inconsiderate, disrespectful or threaten the peaceful enjoyment of asylum seekers or other members of the community.
  • You must not refuse to comply with any health undertaking or direction issued by the Chief Medical Officer, or the electorate, in regards to your own sanity or fitness for public office. You must not damage the health of asylum seekers, or the Australian public, whether via cutbacks to services, poisonous political rhetoric or obscene waste of tax payer dollars on offshore processing.
  • You must acknowledge asylum seekers as human beings with the same rights as the rest of us.


I, __________[Minister’s name to be written]_______ ______________________________________ agree to abide by this Code of Behaviour while holding public office in Australia. I understand that if I do not abide by the Code of Behaviour my income support may be reduced or ceased, I may be dismissed from office, and I may be made available for further processing and detention.

Signature: ________________________________


Morrison’s ugly original work can be found here