To: The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs
Give people seeking asylum the support they need
We are calling on the Federal Government to:
- Replace the existing system with a single Refugee Status Determination process and an independent, timely and fair merits review
- Replace Temporary Protection Visas with a permanent humanitarian visa
- Increase funding to urgently clear the backlog of asylum applications and appeals
- Provide access to Centrelink, Medicare and other support services for applicants
Australia is keeping around 100,000 people living in limbo for up to 9 years while their applications for asylum are stuck in a broken system.
This cruel approach prevents indviduals and families gaining the stability that refugee status provides. The result is vulnerable people living on the edge for years.
People seeking asylum who live in the community are also denied access to a number of critical support services such as Centrelink, Medicare, public housing, homelessness, education, mental health and food.
This leaves highly vulnerable individuals and families with nothing to survive on but help from local charities and councils.
The Federal Government has a responsibility to process asylum claims quickly and to support to people until they can move forward with their lives in a positive way.