The first substantial report describing the ‘dire’ mental health situation in Australia’s offshore detention regime emerged in November 2012, just weeks after the first people were transferred offshore. Many more were to come.
Parliament should reject a proposal to permanently ban individual refugees from Australia because it is excessive, could separate children from their family; and undermines basic human rights, says a Senate submission from the Kaldor Centre. It is incompatible with Australia’s obligations under international law.
More people would be deported, some for minor offences or where time had already been served, while pressure on the court system would increase, families could be separated and refugees returned to harm under a proposal to broaden the character test, writes