PROTEST Morrison’s bill to bring in TPVs and cancel refugee rights – 5pm Mon Nov 24, Imm Dept

– Permanent protection, not temporary visas
– No deportation to danger
– Fair processing, not ‘fast track’ screening
– No boat tow backs
– Don’t remove court scrutiny and appeal rights
 Monday 24th November, 5pm, Department of Immigration, 
Corner of Spring St and Lonsdale St

Scott Morrison has done a dirty deal with Clive Palmer to bring in an extreme anti-refugee bill. This will bring back Temporary Protection Visas, which mean permanent insecurity and no-family reunion for refugees. In addition over two thousand people already on Manus Island and Nauru will remain in limbo. The bill will change the legal definition of a refugee and give the Immigration Minister unprecedented powers removed from any court scrutiny.

The senate committee examining the bill will deliver its report on Novermber 24. Join the Refugee Action Collective to make sure the depth of opposition to this new attack on refugee rights is loud and clear.

If passed, the bill will also:

*Remove references to the UN Refugee Convention from the Migration Act

*Remove the ability of the High Court to challenge refugee policy and operations

*Allow boats to be towed beyond Australian waters and just left there without regard for safety

*Entrench the screen out or fast track assessment process which removes access to the Refugee Review Tribunal and provides very limited review processes

*Classify children born in Australia, to asylum seekers who arrived by boat, as ‘transitory persons’, giving them no access to permanent residency or citizenship*Change the definition of ‘refugee’ to allow the government to deny a claim for refugee status if it decides that there is a ‘safe area’ in the country of origin, or that the nation’s police force is ‘reasonably effective’*Allow the Australian government to deport people regardless of non-refoulement obligations*Keep asylum seekers, currently living in Australia, in indefinite statelessness and uncertainty, unable to reunite with their families or move on with their lives

For more information, contact Lucy Honan 0404728104