ALP Policy on Migration and Refugees – 2016
AUTHORISED BY GEORGE WRIGHT, 5/9 SYDNEY AVENUE, BARTON ACT 2600
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Migration and Refugees
Labor believes in dealing with the complex issue of those seeking Australia’s protection by giving expression to the values of compassion, fairness and generosity. These are values which are at the heart of the Australian identity.
Labor will treat people seeking our protection with dignity and compassion and in accordance with our international obligations , the rule of law and core Australian principles of fairness and humanity.
Labor will legislate to enshrine our international obligations into Australian domestic law.
Labor recognises that, under the Refugee Convention, asylum seekers have the right to seek protection and asylum and that, regardless of the mode of arrival, this is not illegal under Australian or international law. Accordingly, Labor rejects the practice of referring to asylum seekers as ‘illegals’.
Labor believes that as a country Australia must not harm people.
The issue of those seeking protection is both a global and regional one. Accordingly, in order to achieve a long-term resolution to the issue, it must be dealt with through international cooperation and not unilateral action. Within our region, Australia must play a leadership role.
A fundamental principle in treating those seeking protection with humanity is to provide as much certainty as possible. An aspiration of certainty in all matters around asylum seekers, including the duration of assessing refugees’ claims, must underpin Australian policy.
Labor will work to ensure that those in detention facilities are treated with dignity and respect and have access to an appropriate standard of care and substantive access to health and education services while held in immigration detention centres (IDCs).