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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7813

To the honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

This Petition of certain residents of Australia draws the attention of the Senate to a public meeting held in Forster NSW on 2 October 2002 at which more than 80 people called for the immediate reform of the treatment of asylum seekers after they have arrived in Australia.

Your petitioners therefore ask the Senate to implement such reform, including, in particular;

· Ensure the full rights of asylum seekers under Australian and International Law;

· Detention be limited to the period necessary to check that an individual does not present a threat to the Australian community on health or criminal grounds;

· Children be treated in every respect as we would expect our own children to be treated;

· No unreasonable restraints be place on community or media access to asylum seekers held in detention.

by Senator Faulkner (from 84 citizens).