ALP Draft Policy has no reference to non-refoulement

Labor has dropped any reference to non-refoulement – the principle which protects refugees from being returned to a country where they face harm – from its draft national platform.

The move has drawn sharp criticism from lawyer and refugee advocate Julian Burnside and Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, but Labor’s immigration spokesman Richard Marles and Labor for Refugees spokesman Shane Prince point to a replacement clause they argue covers Australia’s obligations under the UN Refugee Convention.

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