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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

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

The petition of certain women of Victoria draws to the attention of the House the urgent need for revision of the current policy and practice relating to Asylum seekers. Your petitioners therefore request the House to ensure that:

· After initial processing for health, identity and security checks (maximum one month) all Asylum Seekers be accommodated in community housing in family and other appropriate groupings.

· Asylum seekers m offshore centres be relocated to the Australian mainland.

· All Asylum Seekers granted refugee status be entitled to the full range of social security, education, legal, health and reunion of immediate family members available to permanent residents.

Your petitioners therefore urge the House to implement these changes which are basic to the respect for the human rights and dignity of Asylum seekers.

by Dr Lawrence (from 10 citizens) and
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by Connor (from 20 citizens)