ALHR makes submissions on Bill to reform asylum seeker processing and detention

July 4, 2011

ALHR made a detailed submission to the Senate Inquiry into the provisions of the Migration Amenndment (Detention Reform and Procedural Fairness) Bill 2010.

The Bill aims to end offshore processing of asylum claims and the excision policy, to ensure that detention is only used as a last resort, to end indefinite and long-term detention, and to introduce a system of judicial review of detention beyond 30 days.

ALHR suports these objectives and the legislation. ALHR considers that it is time to put into effect the promise of the government to ‘fundamentally overturn’ the current model of immigration detention, and to reintroduce the protection offered by Australia’s judicial system.