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Monday, 1 December 2003
Page: 23267

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

This petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia draws the attention of the House to the position of Afghan asylum seekers in Australia whose Temporary Protection Visas are expiring and who are applying for Permanent Protection Visas.

We are deeply concerned to hear that such people, as they apply for further protection, are being refused it. There is therefore an expectation that they will be returned to Afghanistan where conditions are no better than when they were originally granted protection.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to urge the Australian Government to give sympathetic consideration to all Afghan asylum seekers who apply for further protection, and to take into consideration the parlous state of law and order in Afghanistan where asylum seekers are likely to be returned, at best, to further persecution, and quite probably, to their deaths.

by Mr Andren (from 1,056 citizens)