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1. Stop Amendments to the Migration Act of 1958

The Australian Government says that it wishes to stop "people trafficking" and consequently the number of deaths that have occurred at sea, due to this illegal practice. But in fact the Government seems more intent on punishing those who have fled persecution in the face of torture and death, in what more and more evidence is pointing at, modern concentration camps under the guise of detention centers.

The Government still continues to deny the inhuman conditions, the torture, beatings, threats, sexual abuse and deaths. The long term consequences of depression, mental break downs, self harm, attempted suicide and the slow suffocation of the human spirit. That is why they have no concern in sending toddler Ferouz Myuddin or 300 others waiting for the same fate, back...into what has been recorded as a condemned environment.

Scott Morrison says HIS amendments to the Migration Act will make it easier to send Asylum Seekers to other countries. If Cambodia, one of the recorded highest raking inhumane countries is not good enough, then Asylum Seekers with only a 49% chance of torture or death, should be sent back to face the consequences. He wants to raise the bar from 10% to 50% and no matter that our legal system is based on the premise "innocent until proven guilty", Asylum Seekers will now have to prove, NOT TO AUSTRALIA but to the Immigration Minister him or her self, AND TO THAT PERSONS OWN DISCRETION, that the Asylum seeker is in fact "who he says he is", a refugee. This is of cause without legal assistance. The changes will also see the removal of some procedural safeguards designed to promote certainty, consistency and fairness in protection status determinations.

These changes will apply to All Asylum Seekers processed in Australia whether they arrive by boat or Plane. The changes to the Bill will also remove provisions for family reunions for asylum seekers who have previously arrived in Australia by boat, this is aimed at discouraging family members of protection Visa holders from arriving in Australia. Scott Morrison thinks that he has the answer.

The Human Right Lawyers, the Law Council of Australia, the United Nations, International options and several thousand Australians are all under miners of his own self righteousness. Do not pass this inhumane and dangerous Bill, especially into the hands of some one who does not have the ability to hear.

Please sign not only this petition but contact your own Federal Member to vote against this Bill.

You can also contact the Prime Minister on www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm Thank you

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2. Support a change to refugee and asylum seeker policies in Australia

In Australia, the rights of asylum seekers arriving by boat have been systematically abused.

The change in rhetoric, from ‘Irregular’ Maritime Arrivals to ‘Illegal’ Maritime arrivals; from the ‘Department of Immigration and Citizenship’ to the ‘Department of Border Protection’; and to the new slogan “No Way- They Will Not Make Australia Home” is alarming in that it institutionally criminalises asylum seekers arriving by boat who may have no other options available to them. Under Article 14 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to seek asylum.

Furthermore, the outsourcing of Immigration Detention, to Nauru and Manus Island, is concerning in terms of the poor quality of infrastructure and health services. Following the violence at Manus Island Detention Centre in February 2014, Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, stated that: ''The practice of detaining migrants and asylum seekers arriving by boat on a mandatory, prolonged and potentially indefinite basis, without individual assessment, is inherently arbitrary. Moreover, alternatives to immigration detention should always be considered" (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2014).

In March 2014, the Federal Government cut funding to the Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (IAAAS), leaving many thousands of asylum seekers reliant on pro bono legal advice to understand and exercise their legal rights and with little assistance to outline their claim in an appropriate written form (Law Council of Australia, 2014).

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3. Stop shameful treatment of the most vulnerable in our society

Australians historically have always had a deep abhorrence of cruelty and indifference shown to the most vulnerable; nationally and internationally. The recent escalation of tragic events and the ongoing uncovering of inhumane and indifferent attitudes by the Australian Government at Manus Island and other places of detention, leading to recent human loss of life, hopelessness and desperate acts must cease and refugees must be given speedy, viable and accountable options for a life lived with dignity and with hope of being reunited with their family members in the near future.

We demand that this present Government abide by the guidelines given by the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and others regarding treatment of refugees by hosting nations.

International human rights law encompasses:
■ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR);
■ the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); and
■ the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Article 25 of the UDHR recognizes the right of every person to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of her- or himself and her/his family, including food, clothing, accommodation, medical care and necessary social services.

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4. Stop the boats

The primary incentive for immigrants arriving as asylum seekers to Australia is the promise of permanent residency.

There are many people suffering in deplorable conditions, waiting for the carrot we so haplessly dangle across the ocean.

True refugees will still seek asylum on a temporary basis.

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5. Eldorado Park invaded by foreign traders

Foreign traders are starting shops in the community, regardless of other local shops that has been trading for years in the area.

They are trading unfairly and use unfair tactics, causing the local operators to close shop.

In one street up to four shops of the same foreigner opened, selling the same product.

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6. Basic Human Right to Work to be ratified by Parliament immediately for Community Detainees

Refugees arriving by boat in Australia who are released into Community Detention are forced to live for several years upon charity. According to international conventions, every person has the right to work: The Right to Work is Protected by:
Articles 23 and 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Articles 6,7,8, and10 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
Articles 8 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Article 5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
Article 11 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The basic right to work is stripped from asylum seekers in detention centres and in Community Detention, along with their dignity and self esteem.

The cost to the Australian public via Charitable and Governmental organisations is not justifiable when many of these detainees arrive with skills and a strong desire to finance their own and their families' existence here. The effect of forced unemployment on their mental health increases the health bill for their care while torturously awaiting the governments decision to grant a visa or exile them into probable danger.

Australians should be aware of this breach of human rights by our Government, and assist change by voicing their concerns.

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7. EQUAL ACCESS TO STUDENT FININANCIAL SUPPORT FUND

Most people who lived in Britain for 3 years or longer and live in a household with less than £20,000 annual income would be entitled to Student Financial Support Fund to help them with their education. This, however excludes Asylum seekers whose annual income is much less than £20,000.

Asylum seekers are usually not entitled to work and live on about £35 a week to cover all their living expense. They are usually not entitled to any benefits or government funds.

We feel that this is unfair treatment and hypocritical of a government that promotes diversity and equality.

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8. Drop the restrictions on visits to Villawood

The Immigration Department has moved to place new unjustified and arbitrary restrictions on visiting asylum seekers at the residential housing compound of Villawood detention centre.

A number of individuals, including Senator Lee Rhiannon and Refugee Action Coalition's Ian Rintoul, have been barred from visiting or had their visits cut short in recent weeks in a blatant effort to exclude people who are known critics of detention conditions.

The Department is now demanding that 24 hours notice be given of any visit to the Villawood housing compound. This would make it harder to access Villawood and drastically reduce the number of visits to asylum seekers.

Visiting arrangements have also been changed to allow a visitor to only speak to the person named on their visiting form, creating an intolerable and impractical situation that prevents people socially interacting or even having conversations with people they know.

These newly imposed arrangements are an attack on the rights of refugees and visitors alike; creating a distressing situation for refugees, some of whom have been in detention for three years.

These decisions are being made by senior people in the Immigration Department, such as Director of Detentions Operations, Steve Karras, with the knowledge of Minister Chris Bowen.

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9. Save asylum seeker Ismail Mirza Jan

Mr Ismail Mirza Jan is a gentleman who has fled Afghanistan and is seeking asylum in Australia. He is of the Hazara ethnic group.

He will be sent home on Saturday, November 19th if DIAC (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) do not allow asylum for Mr Jan.

Please click on this link for more details:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-15/failed-afghan-asylum-seeker-fears-for-his-life/3666324

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10. Let Aaron Stay in Norway

Aaron Ara was denied refuge for the second time in June 2o11. He is one of nearly 75o Palestinian refugees whose asylum applications have been rejected by Norwegian authorities during the last two years. Previously, nearly all Palestinian refugees were granted residence in Norway, but in 2009 this changed dramatically.

For the first time in history, Norwegian authorities changed the terms of immigration targeting a specific group of refugees whose homeland situation had not changed. In addition, the current policy clearly opposes the recommendations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Norwegian authorities presently consider Palestinian territories to be safe enough for refugees to return. Simultaneously a number of factors indicate the opposite. First, Palestinian refugees have their own memories and experiences that can easily be backed up by witness descriptions, mainstream news media and general knowledge about the area.

Second, Norwegian authorities discourage Norwegians to travel to these areas (http://www.norway.org.ps/Norsk/Reiserad/). Third, international human rights organizations criticize Palestinian authorities for disregarding human rights.

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11. Immediate halt to the deportation of Mohammad Sirvan Forutan

Mohammad Sirvan Foroutan, born on 25 June 1977, case no. 10859037, is an Iranian asylum-seeker who has sought refuge in Sweden from persecution by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

As a member of Komala (the Kurdistan Organization of the Communist Party of Iran [1]), Sirvan has for many years engaged in both political and armed struggle against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Due to the nature of his activism against the Islamic Republic regime, and in light of:

- the regime’s well-known propensity for torture and execution, particularly in cases which are clear acts of “moharabeh” as in Sirvan’s case,

- the persecution of refouled asylum-seekers including the recent case of teenager Rahim Rostami, illegally deported by Norway and immediately detained in Evin Prison upon arrival in Tehran; according to article 7 of the Islamic Republic’s Penal Code, anyone who has filed a political refugee case is considered a person engaged in propaganda against the Islamic regime and therefore criminal, and

- the previous persecution of Sirvan himself by the regime in Iran,

if Mohammad Sirvan Foroutan is returned to Iran by Sweden, it will be tantamount to Sweden executing him.

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12. Stop Illegal Immigrants' Detention Centre Northam WA

The Federal Government, under the leadership of Julia Gillard, has decreed it will construct a $165 million illegal immigration centre to accommodate 1500 able bodied male illegal immigrants, at the disused army facility in Northam WA. This equates to $110 000 of our money per illegal immigrant and that is just for their accommodation! This decision was reached without consultation with the people of Northam or the surrounding townships or shires.

It seems incredulous that, in a State which not only suffers severe water shortages and restrictions both summer and winter, but whose population is also asked to refrain from using air conditioners and other “non essential” electrical appliances during peak summer conditions , we would be forced to accommodate this vast number of resource consumers. Miss Gillard assures us the benefits to the local communities from the increase in commercial growth this illegal immigration centre will provide, should more than compensate for the copious amount of our precious water these illegal immigrants will shower and flush away each day.

Miss Gillard also fails to mention how many of our other resources these illegal immigrants will be exploiting. Not only do these people avail themselves freely of our water and electricity, they abuse our welfare system, medical services and law enforcement facilities. They then proceed to bleed our church and welfare groups dry. Time, effort and resources which would otherwise be used to assist our own aged, needy or less fortunate citizens will now be siphoned off to the illegal immigrants.

It is even more incredulous that despite the deplorable shortage of medical and aged care facilities, not to mention law enforcement amenities within this State, the Federal Government can find the funds and inclination to complete this project within a mere eight months.

According to a media release from the AMA in November 2005, the Eastern region was promised a new 326 bed hospital in Midland. “To its credit the Government has decided to build a new hospital on the old Midland workshops site and save most of the services provided by Bentley Hospital. These decisions will ease the concerns of thousands of families living in the region. Construction on Midland Health Campus is set to start in 2012 with the new hospital scheduled to open in 2015.”

In May 1999, the Midland region was also promised a $42million Police Operations Centre. To quote the Ministerial Media Statements website “Construction on the Midland operations centre is expected to begin next year. The facility, within the Midland Workshops Precinct, will consolidate operations support functions from 11 locations into one facility to optimise operational efficiency and effectiveness.

The centre, which will accommodate police communications, forensic, traffic operations and other divisions, is due for completion in 2001-02.”
It appears the people of Western Australia can wait with baited breath for the infrastructure to sustain acceptable living standards while supplying the rest of the country with seemingly unlimited bounty from the resources boom. It is to be noted that despite her best efforts, Miss Gillard could find no suitable sites to house such vast numbers of illegal immigrants within the vicinity of Canberra.

This petition is not about racisms or xenophobia it is about protecting Western Australian culture and ensuring a sustainable future for our State. Please add your name and signature to the list to ensure the future of our State and our Australian way of life.

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13. Put a Stop to Illegal Immigration

During 2009 at least 55 boatloads of asylum seekers have been detected off the north west coast of Western Australia.

These vessels from Indonesia are exploiting the generous immigration rules enacted by the Australian Government by charging between $10,000 - $15,000 per person for the trip to Australian waters and then calling for help declaring an emergency at sea requiring assistance from Australian vessels in the region and then demanding to be given asylum in Australia.

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14. Investigate Tony Blair's part in encouraging mass immigration

Recently revealed in the newspapers, Tony Blair's government had a policy of allowing and encouraging mass immigration to the UK, with the intent of forcing diversity and multiculturalism on an electorate which had not been asked for its consent.

Our country has been changed beyond recognition and the BNP is flourishing as a result. I believe that Blair should be made to account for his actions, and appropriate prosecution should follow.

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15. Medical Justice for Asylum Seekers

The Department of Health have increasingly restricted the rights of migrants to health care. They are now planning to completely abolish access for allegedly failed asylum seekers and other marginalised groups to a GP on the NHS.

This would pose serious risks for these patients, for the public health and for medical practice.

Patients: Many supposedly failed asylum seekers simply can not “go home” or would be in extreme danger if they did so. They are forbidden to work in the UK, can not pay for care and are particularly prone to diseases of poverty. Many have illnesses which, if diagnosed early by GPs, are readily treatable; neglected, these become much more severe, difficult and expensive to treat.

Other asylum seekers, who still have NHS rights, would be discouraged from accessing health care.

Public health: Most of the gains in wellbeing over the past century are the result of solidarity, based on the recognition that the illness of one person can be a risk to all. This is particularly true of TB, HIV and other infectious diseases.

Although the new regulations may contain provisions which purport to allow treatment of such conditions, these are likely to be meaningless. Without a GP, who would make the diagnosis? The result is likely to be an increase in the incidence of communicable diseases in the population as a whole.

Doctors: The first duty of a doctor is to people who are (or may be) ill.

Requiring GPs or their receptionists to act as agents of the Home Office will create extreme ethical dilemmas. Doctors should not be forced to choose between violating our professional ethics and breaking the law. Unfortunately, that is precisely the situation we will face.
Although we may be unable to stop these dangerous proposals, we can at least ensure that the consequences are widely known.

What can you do?

1) Sign this petition.

2) Insist on the rights of patients to see you. Even if you are prohibited from referring or prescribing for them, you can not be forbidden to examine and advise them and document their medical problems.

3) Download the form “Documenting Medical Neglect” from www.medicaljustice.org.uk. If “failed” asylum seekers are denied rights to NHS primary care, use it to summarise harms to individual patients. Send it to the Health Minister, the press and your MP.

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16. Human Rights for Asylum Seekers

Refugees are people who are fleeing from serious danger. ie war, political persecution, famine, economic crisis or natural disasters. In the uk asylum seekers face difficulties and barriers: widespread, indiscriminate detention; poverty; poor housing; poor access to healthcare; lack of training and employment opportunities.
In housing, lower standards are applied for families seeking asylum than for other families. The vouchers refugee families receive are set at a lower value than Income Support levels and stigmatise asylum-seekers. Many children who have lost their families and seek asylum do not receive the same care that is routinely offered to other children in need. When the Government signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, they made an exception - refugee children. Asylum seekers come here because their lives and/or the wellbeing of their families and homes are in danger. They would not choose to leave there homes and families out of choice. They are the victims of war and famine and drought and poverty and they need our help. we are a country of plenty, and it is our responsibility as a civilised, developed nation and as human beings to give these people a home and a chance and treat them with compassion and respect.

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17. Basic Human Rights for Asylum Seekers

Refugees are people who are fleeing from serious danger. ie war, political persecution, famine, economic crisis or natural disasters. In the UK asylum seekers face difficulties and barriers: widespread, indiscriminate detention; poverty; poor housing; poor access to healthcare; lack of training and employment opportunities. In housing, lower standards are applied for families seeking asylum than for other families.

The vouchers refugee families receive are set at a lower value than Income Support levels and stigmatise asylum-seekers. Moreover, many children who have lost their families and seek asylum do not receive the same care that is routinely offered to other children in need.

When the Government signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, they made an exception - refugee children. Asylum seekers come here because their lives and/or the wellbeing of their families and homes are in danger. They would not choose to leave there homes and families out of choice. They are the victims of war and famine and drought and poverty and they need our help. We are a country of plenty, and it is our responsibility as a civilised, developed nation and as human beings to give these people a home and a chance and treat them with compassion and respect.

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