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Lobby group says Commissioner misses need to fix flawed migration policy


The Australian Political Ministry Network (PolMin) yesterday regretted the failure of Human Rights Commissioner Dr Sev Ozdowski to recommend a complete overhaul of the 44 year old Migration Act.

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention, which has taken almost a year to complete, included visits to detention centres, public hearings, and consideration of over 300 submissions.

PolMin points out that while the Commissioner "strongly and rightly argues that Australia's policy, the Migration Act 1958, is not in accord with Australia's international human rights obligations", he seems to suggest that its fault lies with its administration rather than the fact that it is inherently flawed.

"It is the structure of policy itself that prevents these obligations from being given effect," said PolMin. "Rather than arguing [for increased scrutiny on the policy], PolMin believes the Commissioner should have recommended a complete overhaul of the 44-year-old Migration Act because it is the Act which instructs administrators what to do."

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PolMin

LINKS
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention
Catholic lobbyists send 'largest' petition to Parliament (16/8/02)
Catholic group labels Govt rejection of UN report 'arrogant' (2/8/02)


24 Oct 2002