Tuesday, May 09, 2006

GetUp! petition to keep kids out of immigration detention

With all that bluster and our waiting with baited breath to see if 'rebel' Liberal backbencher Petro Georgiou could wring any concessions out of the Howard government to humanise its inhumane immigration detention regime – they did agree to keep children out of detention. Now it seems they are going to renege on that deal. No surprises there. John 'read my lips' Howard is no stranger to breaking his promises when it suits him…

GetUp! has launched another major campaign to stop them from backpeddling and sneaking in mandatory detention of children of asylum seekers, and child asylum seekers, through the back door – the 'Pacific solution':
Right now, the Government is trying to enact radical new laws to send all children who arrive via boat seeking asylum to detention centres on remote islands in the Pacific.

Last year, we decided no child fleeing persecution should be made to suffer like this. But – after 42 West Papuans were granted asylum last month – the government wants to change the rules. They want to push this inhumane legislation through next week.
No child should be in detention! No child seeking asylum in our country should be automatically locked up - let alone in some other country! Australia must not bypass its responsibility to help those seeking refuge by handballing them to another country. The government, parliament and Senate are accountable for ensuring we meet our obliglations, and must be held to account if these laws are passed!

Click here to sign their petition, and to view the preview of the TV advertisement they launched on Australian commercial TV on the 4th of May.



At June 19, 2006 11:05 pm, Anonymous rob walker said...

Good on you, Mark. I urge all fair-minded Aussies who care about human rights and the welfare of kids to sign the petition and force Howard & his mates to throw this legislation out

At June 20, 2006 11:34 am, Blogger Mark Lawrence said...

Thanks Rob. It is not too late to show support for this campaign. GetUp! has launched an urgent appeal for more signatures for the petition before parliament considers the legislation. Check out my latest post on this here.


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