TAKE ACTION – SAY NO TO THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT’S DEPORTATION AND TRAVEL BAN BILL 2024 #BlockTheBill2024

On behalf of our members and governing staff from over 30 of the eX-detainee communities in Australia, RISE eX-detainees urge the Australian public to say NO to the Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s plan to introduce legislation under the Migration Amendment (Removal and Other Measures) Bill 2024 (or the Deportation and Travel Ban Bill).

It should come as no surprise that some of the requirements for the proposed legislation are already incorporated within “community detention” and other bridging VISA subclasses, as it is a clear way to discriminate against and endanger the life of refugees even more. Many members of our community have already been subjected to such restrictions of movement and the right to life for decades in so-called Australia.

While there are many human rights violations in this bill, this bill contains three main parts:

  1. The power to compel removal from Australia – allowing the Minister of immigration to issue a ‘removal direction’ to a person in detention, or on a Bridging R or E visa granted on removal/departure grounds. If the person fails to comply with that direction, they will be jailed for a minimum of 12 months, and up to 5 years.
  2. The power to reverse protection findings made for people in detention, Bridging R or E visa holders – to allow these people to be removed from Australia; and
  3. The power to ban citizens of whole countries from travelling to Australia – if those countries do not take back their own citizens who Australia wants to remove. There would be only limited exceptions to the ban (e.g. for immediate family members).

The proposed bill applies to everyone currently in Australia on a Bridging R or E visa (granted on ‘departure grounds’) including refugees transferred from Nauru and Manus Island. Further asylum seekers who have been refused through the ‘fast track’ pathway and expired all their Court options (around 5000 people on Bridging visas) would be affected.

SAY NO TO THE MIGRATION AMENDMENT (REMOVAL AND OTHER MEASURES) BILL 2024 BY CONTACTING CROSS-BENCH SENATORS

We need to  #BlockTheBill2024

This proposal is likely to be scheduled to return to the Senate for vote at 10:00 am on Wednesday, 15 May 2024.  You can help by taking action to stop this by informing the Senators that you are against this proposal. Call or email the Senators and tell them you stand with human rights, not abusive regimes that violate the rights of people. https://www.aph.gov.au/senators_and_members/guidelines_for_contacting_senators_and_members.

RISE eX-detainees