Monday, September 19, 2011


My letter as published in the SMH Monday 19.9.11 -

The Editor,

It is becoming clear that the Gillard government has boxed itself into a corner on refugee policy. We now see the opportunist Tony Abbott as the advocate of human rights, with Gillard and her ministers abandoning this country's commitment to the refugee convention.

It is still not too late for the government to make a turn towards Labor Party policy and platform.

The ALP national platform states, chapter 7, paragraph 157, ''Protection claims made in Australia will be assessed by Australians on Australian territory,'' which is a clear endorsement of onshore processing.

Julia Gillard, abandon the proposed legislation, reread the High Court decision, listen to your party, and process refugees onshore, giving effect to Australia's human rights obligations.

Jenny Haines Newtown

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