Tuesday, June 14, 2005

On Mandatory Detention Bills

The Australian rebel MP, Petro Georgiou, has decided to push ahead with the process of introducing two private member’s bills into the Australian parliament. The bills are aimed at dismantling the controversial policy of mandatory detention of asylum-seekers and refugees who enter the country illegally.

The principal objective of the bills is to release long-term detainees into the community (and abolish indefinite detention). Thus, if successful, those on temporary protection visas would be allowed to stay in Australia permanently.

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