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Thursday, 29 November 2012
Page: 10198

Asylum Seekers

Signatures: 1,008

To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled

Your petitioners ask that the Australian Parliament end mandatory detention and endorse the majority recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on Australia's Immigration Network 2012, in particular recommendations 22 and 23 which read:

Recommendation 22: That the Australian Government take further steps to adhere to its commitment of only detaining asylum seekers as a last resort and for the shortest practicable time and subject to an assessment of non-compliance and risk factors as enunciated in the New Directions policy.

Recommendation 23 : That asylum seekers who pass initial identity, health, character and security checks be immediately granted a bridging visa or moved to community detention while a determination of their refugee status is completed and that all reasonable steps be taken to limit detention to a maximum of 90 days.

Online Petition: http://www.communityrun.org/ petitions/end-inhumane-treatment-of­asylum-seekers-in-australia

by Senator Hanson-Young (from 345 citizens).

Petition received.