Urgent action required!
As you may know, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison is working hard to convince Independent senators to vote in favour of Temporary Protection Visas.
We understand this issue will be brought to the senate for decision in the very near future, perhaps week or next. For more information on TPVs, see http://www.swinburne.edu.au/chancellery/mediacentre/media-centre/news/2013/08/temporary-protection-visas. Also see http://www.theage.com.au/comment/tpvs-ineffective-wasteful-cruel-20131204-2yqxs.html.
We understand that a number of the senators are still undecided on whether to vote against or in favour of TPVs.
Please consider phoning and/or emailing the senators listed below (they hold the balance of power) and tell them why you think they should oppose the reintroduction of TPVs.
See contact details below. Clive Palmer is also listed as he has influence over the PUP senators.
Points you may want to mention:
The problems with the current proposal for TPVs are:
- There are no provisions for family reunion for people who are on TPVs, meaning families continue to be separated for years
- There are no rights to travel to visit family in a safe third country – if a person on a TPV leaves Australia, they are not allowed to return
- There is no time limit on the TPV, so they could be extended indefinitely leaving people in permanent limbo
- There is no guarantee that they will have their claims properly processed, or be granted permanent protection when the TPV expires
- There are administrative challenges – It is estimated that it would take three years to process all of the people currently on Bridging Visas because there has been a freeze on processing since July 2012. The Immigration department admitted at a recent Senate estimates hearing that it would take three years for the department to process the current 27,000 caseload of Bridging Visas holders in the community. This means that no sooner have they finished the process than it will start all over again as the first TPV grants expire. This is bad policy causing an enormous administrative burden as well as continued insecurity and dislocation to refugees.
PLEASE ACT NOW! and forward this through your networks as well
Here are the Senators details:
John Madigan DLP firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (02) 6277 3471 Fax: (02) 6277 5967
Robert Day FFP email@example.com Telephone: (02) 6277 3373 Fax: (02) 6277 5951
Nick Xenophon IND senator.Xenophon@aph.gov.au Telephone: (02) 6277 3552 Fax: (02) 6277 5834
Ricky Lee Muir MEP firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (02) 6277 3040 Fax: (02) 6277 5720
Jacqui Lambie PUP email@example.com Telephone: (02) 6277 3063 Fax: (02) 6277 5887
Glenn Lazarus PUP firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (02) 6277 3204 Fax: (02) 6277 5904
Dio Wang PUP email@example.com Telephone: (02) 6277 3843
Mr Clive Palmer PUP Telephone: (02) 6277 4372 Fax: (02) 6277 8484
Refugee and Detention Rights Advocate
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre