Urgent action required
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison is working hard to convince Independent senators to vote in favour of Temporary Protection Visas. We understand this issue will be brought to the senate for decision in the very near future, perhaps this week or next.
We understand that a number of the senators are still undecided on whether to vote against or in favour of TPVs. Please consider phoning and/or emailing the senators listed below (they hold the balance of power) and tell them why you think they should oppose the reintroduction of TPVs. See contact details below. Clive Palmer is also listed as he has influence over the PUP senators.
List of Senators
John Madigan DLP firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (02) 6277 3471 Fax: (02) 6277 5967
Robert Day FFP email@example.com Ph: (02) 6277 3373 Fax: (02) 6277 5951
Nick Xenophon IND senator.Xenophon@aph.gov.au Ph: (02) 6277 3552 Fax: (02) 6277 5834
Ricky Lee Muir MEP firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (02) 6277 3040 Fax: (02) 6277 5720
Jacqui Lambie PUP email@example.com Ph: (02) 6277 3063 Fax: (02) 6277 5887
Glenn Lazarus PUP firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (02) 6277 3204 Fax: (02) 6277 5904
Dio Wang PUP email@example.com Ph: (02) 6277 3843
Mr Clive Palmer PUP Ph: (02) 6277 4372 Fax: (02) 6277 8484
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Minister Morrison is failing to acknowledge that we could be providing permanent visas to those asylum seekers who meet the criteria for refugee status – this visa ‘product’ is available. Instead the Minister wants the option of sending them back at some point, leaving these people in extended limbo. Many have already been separated from their families and living with uncertainty for a number of years. Australia has the capacity to resettle many of these people and we should do so without further delay. This is not in the spirit of the Refugee Convention to unnecessarily extend their suffering.
There are a number of problems with the conditions associated with Temporary Protection Visas, including:
no provisions for family reunion for people who are on TPVs, meaning families continue to be separated for years
no rights to travel to visit family members in a safe third country- if a person on a TPV leaves Australia, they are not allowed to return
there is no time limit on the TPV, so they could be extended indefinitely leaving people in permanent limbo
there is no guarantee that they will have their claims properly processed, or be granted permanent protection when the TPV expires
For more detail on TPVs go to: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/tpvs-ineffective-wasteful-cruel-20131204-2yqxs.html and also https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/r/pb/PB1324_TPVs.pdf
Please vote for a fair and decent response to people seeking safety and a secure future for themselves and their families.