A RESPECTFUL APPROACH TO ASYLUM SEEKERS

I promised you that I would fight hard for a more humane refugee policy and a better deal for asylum seekers. With a huge amount of support from my electorate and beyond, Labor has committed to end indefinite detention, urgently resettle refugees remaining on Manus and Nauru and make a real difference for people seeking asylum in Australia. If elected, just some of the great things Labor will do include:

  • Provide medical evacuation for all who need it, and their families, from Manus and Nauru.
  • Agree to New Zealand’s offer of permanent resettlement places.
  • Increase Australia’s annual refugee intake including through a community sponsored refugee program intake of 5000 places per year.
  • Provide a funding boost of $500 million for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
  • End all temporary protection visas, offering permanent protection to refugees.
  • Provide appropriate social services for people seeking asylum.
  • Ensure all policies have a strong commitment to family reunions.
  • Make refugee assessment fairer by abolishing the flawed fast track scheme.

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