A comment from Michael Stanton - What Does Australian Citizenship Even Mean Any More?

The Right Honourable Tony Benn MP once famously remarked ‘the way a government treats refugees is very instructive because it shows you how they would treat the rest of us if they thought they could get away with it’.

Inquiry into: The efficacy, fairness, timeliness and costs of the processing and granting of visa classes which provide for or allow for family and partner reunions

The legal and policy frameworks governing family reunification unjustly
discriminate based on the mode of arrival in Australia.
These discriminatory laws and policies prevent people from reuniting with
their loved ones. This has a significantly harsh impact on these people
and their immediate families overseas, many of whom are highly
vulnerable and survivors of torture, sexual violence and other abhorrent
human rights abuses.
No compelling case has been put forward by the Government to justify the

Hugo Moodie

Member
Policy Committee

Liberty Victoria's Rights Advocacy Project Calls for Action on Visa Blindspots

Liberty Victoria's Rights Advocacy Project is calling for a fairer and more transparent bridging visa system for refugees and people seeking asylum who are waiting in the community for their protection claims to be processed, as part of its latest report ‘Bridging the Department's Visa Blindspot’.  

Improving the Response of the Justice System to Sexual Offences: A Proposed ‘Grab and Drag’ Offence

Liberty Victoria opposes changes to the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) (Crimes Act) to deal specifically with ‘Grab and Drag’ offences. As noted in Issues Paper I, there are many indictable offences in the Crimes Act that cover the criminal conduct sought to be targeted by these proposed laws.

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Liberty Victoria concerned about Morrison Government being prepared to send refugees back to countries where they face a real risk of death, torture or persecution

Liberty Victoria concerned about Morrison Government being prepared to send refugees back to countries where they face a real risk of death, torture or persecution

In a recent Federal Court proceeding, Alex Hawke, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, told the Court that he and his Department are prepared to knowingly breach international non-refoulement obligations when removing a person from Australia.

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