Australia is today locking up at least 1,153 children.
104 children are detained on Nauru. They will never be resettled in Australia, even if found to be refugees.
Australia is the only Refugee Convention signatory to have a policy of mandatory, indefinite detention for asylum seekers.
Temporary protection visas have just been reintroduced. Valid for 3 years, then re-apply. No family reunion rights. No ability to leave Aust and return (even to visit your children).
Our festive season appeal is here again. Rather than buy your Aunt another coffee mug, how about sending a child a gift of hope. This year we need to buy more presents than ever before, more than 1153.
- Opposed to the indefinite, mandatory detention of children.
- Opposed to offshore detention and 'resettlement' in PNG or Nauru.
- Opposed to the use of remote locations of detention for families and children for any length of time.
- In favour of an independent guardian for unaccompanied children seeking asylum in Australia. The Minister with the power to detain children cannot also be the person appointed to act in their best interest.
- Opposed to Temporary Protection Visas
- Going to continue to operate until there is federal legislation to ensure no child is detained in an Australian immigration detention centre (or any such renamed facility) for more than 14 days.
A not-for-profit community group who seek to increase public awareness by providing accurate information showing what is happening to children inside Australia's immigration detention facilities. We hold to account those responsible for the gap between what policy promises and delivers.
ChilOut is supported by John Connolly & Partners.