How Labor can create a humane refugee policy without reviving boat arrivals

“How Labor can create a humane refugee policy without reviving boat arrivals”

by Alex Reilly Director of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit, Adelaide Law School at University of Adelaide

The Conversation – 8 July 2015 – read the article here
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There are obvious reforms that Labor should have no hesitation in adopting.

First, as is already contained in its draft national platform, Labor should significantly increase Australia’s annual refugee intake.

Second, the raft of amendments to the Migration Act that the Coalition introduced in November 2014 with the support of crossbench senators should be repealed.

Regional processing is a central plank in the Coalition’s policy platform. However, it has been an abject failure

Asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru should be brought to Australia and processed by the Immigration Department. This should be an immediate priority if Labor won government, and would be a way to distance itself from existing policy.