SYDNEY ASYLUM SEEKERS BECOMING SUICIDAL AS GOVERNMENT CLAMPS DOWN 26/03/99 3:28:42 Justice Trends
Asylum seekers are becoming more desperate, with the church-based Asylum Seekers' Centre reporting 'a growing possibility of suicide among some of the asylum seekers'. This comes amidst plans of Immigration Minister Mr Ruddock to deny asylum seekers the right to appeal to the Federal Court if their applications for refugee status are rejected.
Writing in the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council's Justice Trends, Coordinator Sylvia Winton said: 'I believe it is unconstitutional. You can't take away the right of appeal... They genuinely believe they're refugees, they've been rejected and they're really devastated. They're saying: "I may as well have stayed behind and been killed. Many are suffering from lack of nutrition and stress related illnesses because they are not allowed to work and have been denied access to Medicare."