Today our Government faces a stark choice between the politics of panic and human rights.
While it is true that Friday’s high court ruling was complicated, what happens now is incredibly simple. Minister Bowen and Shadow Minister Morrison will meet and discuss the best response to the ruling – the option of introducing new laws to circumvent the High Court’s ruling and make it legal to keep innocent people in detention forever.
Minister Bowen can make 2 choices – he can choose to work with his Government to urgently pursue a fair and just review process – a process that forms part of the ALP’s party platform – or he can choose to pander to fear in the community and keep innocent people, including Ranjini and her sons, locked up without trial in the name of votes.
Shadow Minister Morrison can also make a choice. He can choose to manufacture panic in the community, or he can choose to put pressure on the Government to legislate FOR human rights.
They would both like for you to believe that this very complicated – it isn’t. There are two stark and simple options, and the path that we take will go on to determine the liberty of hundreds of people in the future.
But it isn’t just about the Ministers.
Every Member will have a vote on the amendments that may be put before them. Every Member of the Parliament will have to make the same choice, we will now find out who in the Parliament believes in justice and human rights, and who is willing for people to die in the name of votes.
This week I urge all of Ranjini’s supporters to contact their local member and ask them to CHOOSE HUMAN RIGHTS and NOT CHANGE THE RULES.
AG Roxon made this statement, and we ask her to stand by her word and urgently implement a FAIR and JUST review process. Every day that she delays is another day that more than 50 people spend locked up.
“The Government has previously indicated that it would implement a review process for refugees who remain in immigration detention because of an ASA.
The Government is carefully reviewing the reasoning of the High Court to determine the implications of the decision including for the implementation of that review process.”
Don’t delay, don’t choose fear. Human rights matter. Tell your local MP where your vote would go.
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