Uphold Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker human rights obligations

Australia is breaking international law and detaining legitimate refugees with unreasonably long detention periods in inhumane conditions lacking compassion and fairness.

  • Reason strongly supports the dismantling of Australia’s current offshore immigration detention policies.
  • Reason strongly supports the removal of temporary protection visas once a person is assessed by the UNHCR to be a genuine refugee, and allowing all legitimate refugees resettlement in Australia in a reasonable timeframe.
  • Reason supports ending indefinite and arbitrary immigration detention to end all detention for asylum seekers.
  • Reason calls for an increased intake of humanitarian resettlement, particularly from places that Australia has been involved in conflicts.
  • Reason calls for a national apology to refugees who have been mistreated by Australia
  • Reason calls for mental health supports, housing, and educational opportunities for all refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.
  • Reason believes that the discretionary powers of the Minister for Immigration should be limited. 
  • Reason calls for the repeal of legislation and policy that bans Afghan refugees making UNHCR applications in Indonesia and allows them to apply for refugee status in Australia.
  • Reason calls for asylum seekers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex, or queer (LGBTIQ+) who seek asylum are protected within Australia.