Katherine Murphy – The Guardian – 23 May 2018
The Victorian state Labor conference is to debate an urgency motion calling for an end to offshore immigration detention and the transfer of all remaining asylum seekers to the Australian mainland within 90 days.
The state conference this weekend will discuss Labor’s policy towards asylum seekers and refugees, regarded internally as front-running the debate on the hot-button issue which will play out during the ALP’s national conference in July.
An urgency motion, drafted by Labor for Refugees and seen by Guardian Australia, calls on the ALP, “when in federal government, to close offshore detention centres, transit centres and other camps on Manus and Nauru within the first 90 days, and to bring all the children, women and men who are refugees or seeking asylum remaining there to Australia”.
It is unclear whether the motion will have the numbers at the Victorian conference, or whether it will be amended between now and the weekend debate.
The looming Victorian push follows a decision by the new Labor MP Ged Kearney to use her first speech to parliament to promise to campaign internally for a more humane policy on refugees.
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