Unions are about supporting people at their most vulnerable. Nothing can make someone more vulnerable than having to flee their own country because of war, famine, and persecution.
We believe that Australians are good people with big hearts that have a great deal of compassion. We do not believe this compassion is reflected in the Australian Government’s treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum.
We believe that fear and resentment are being fuelled by parties who will benefit from misunderstanding refugees and people seeking asylum. .
The QCU believes the Australian Government should once again honour it’s legal and humanitarian obligations.
- Australia has international obligations to protect the human rights of all asylum seekers and refugees who arrive in Australia, regardless of how or where they arrive and whether they arrive with or without a visa.
- Australia has an obligation to process and determine refugees’ status in a fair manner that does not exacerbate trauma.
- As a party to the Refugee Convention, Australia has agreed to ensure that asylum seekers who meet the definition of a refugee are not sent back to a country where their life or freedom would be threatened. This is known as the principle ofnon-refoulement.
- Australia also has obligations not to send people back to a third country people who face a real risk of a violation of their human rights — whether or not they are found to be refugees.
Unions for Refugees campaigns for the restoration of these obligations and for a fair, more compassionate Australia.