A humane refugee policy

Australia can do so much more in providing a safe haven for people fleeing persecution and war.

I have been a vocal presence in the Parliament and the Labor Party for policies which have at their core dignity and respect for refugees and asylum seekers.

The Labor platform commits us to ending indefinite detention, increasing our refugee intake, ensuring safe homes for all those on Manus and Nauru, ending TPVs/SHEVS and reducing assessment times to a 90-day window.

In 2018, I worked hard on the Medevac Legislation which saw hundreds of people seeking asylum come to Australia for much needed healthcare.

However, the Morrison government continues its cruel approach to this community, including detaining refugees at the Mantra in Cooper and now at the Park Hotel. Alongside wonderful advocates, we are pushing to have these refugees released and shown the respect they deserve.