Upcoming Federal Election – advocating for change

We expect the major election issues will be the economy, the management of COVID-19 and vaccine coverage, climate change and corruption.  Beyond that people will mostly focus on issues such as health, education, and taxes.

Vote for Change

The ARAN Committee members feel that our best efforts are directed at seeking a change of government.    We suggest that fairer refugee policies would be one element in a package of more progressive policies.

Resources

Download the ARAN – federal election kit here. You’ll find resources you can use to draw attention to the need for refugee policies which are just, fair, and compassionate – we need to see radical change in the way Australia  treats those who seek asylum here – regardless of how they arrive.   For too long successive Australian governments have specialised in deterrence, and cruel treatment of refugees.   It’s time to turn that around.

In the kit you will find:

Handout cards:  see below handout cards you can use or use for stalls, letterboxing, etc.   These can be printed double-sided DL (3 per A4 sheet) – or use single sided if you prefer

We call for just and humane refugee policies (download template here) 

Election scorecards:  Choose Fairness and Decency campaign – produced by CRAG (Combined Refugee Action Group – Geelong) – see more details here

We call for just and humane refugee policies

Australia is one of the world’s wealthiest countries – we can afford to be kinder, more generous and more compassionate. We need fair and just policies for refugees and people who seek asylum.

It is often claimed that Australia is generous towards refugees.   Is this true?

Australia currently has a commitment to resettle just 13,750 refugees each year (the refugee quota) – but last year less than half of this number were resettled – even though Australia welcomed 160,000 migrants– see more detail here https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/refugee-program-smallest-in-45-years-while-migration-program-quota-filled/

Canada, with a population of just 37million resettles 28,000 refugees each year (30% of all refugees resettled) – if we were doing as well as Canada we would resettle around 20,000 refugees every year.

Taking our national wealth into consideration Australia rates 60th in the world for resettling people who seek asylum – such as people fleeing from Afghanistan.  This shows our lack of commitment to the UN Refugee Convention which enshrines the right for any person to enter a country to seek asylum from persecution.

 

The policies we want to see

SAY NO to the policies of Morrison government 

Australia has policies which welcome people who need protection including those who flee from danger and seek our protection – a right under the UN Refugee Convention

Our current government says we have less obligation towards people who arrive in Australia seeking asylum – we punish people for seeking safety

Fast and fair processes to determine refugee status

Thousands of refugees in our community are in limbo for years

Income support provided, work rights and assistance to find employment provided while refugee claims are being assessed

People are in destitution while their claims for protection are assessed

People are not generally detained – and if so, only for short periods for health or security checks

People are kept for long periods in immigration detention

Priority is placed in keeping families together

Families are separated by our refugee policies

Once assessed to be a refugee, permanent visa and timely pathways to citizenship

Many people who are recognised as refugees are only given Temporary Visas

All claims for refugee status are processed in Australia

Australia has an expensive and cruel offshore program which holds people in limbo offshore for decades