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Release detailed, objective information on all asylum-seeker boat arrivals and provide collated figures on arrivals each month.

Release detailed, objective information on all asylum-seeker boat arrivals and provide collated figures on arrivals each month.

    1. Metta Bhavana
    2. Petition by

      Metta Bhavana

      Balaclava, Australia

 

We, the voters, demand free and timely access to objective information on new asylum seeker boat arrivals.

All Australian voters, regardless of political affiliation, expect Governments to provide objective and timely information on important issues. No issue in the past decade has been more important than the arrival of asylum seekers by boat.

 

The Abbott government came to office making one big promise: they would "STOP THE BOATS." If information on boat arrivals is withheld or massaged for political purposes, how will voters be able to objectively assess the progress of the government's claim?

 

Mr Abbott has vowed "more forthright" interdictions of asylum-seeker vessels in the seas to Australia's north. The Australian people have the right to demand objective information on the progress and outcome of this claim.

 

The previous government provided objective statements on every arrival of asylum-seeker boats through the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and provide collated figures on arrivals each month through the Immigration Department.

 

The decision by the current government to overturn this long established process and withhold this information, citing new arrangements where the issuing of any information is now an "operational matter" for the three-star head of the Coalition's new Operation Sovereign Borders taskforce, sets a dangerous precedent.

 

This action suggests a potential for the militarisation of what should be a transparent political process, with appropriate oversight and scrutiny through the parliament. To restrict information at the discretion of the minister suggests the new government does not trust the Australian people to make up their own minds about this important issue.

 

VEIL OF SILENCE DESCENDS

 

DETAINEES LIVES AT RISK UNDER COVER-UP

 

STOPPED THE BOATS YET TONY?

 

REFUGEE BOAT ARRIVAL TIMELINE

 

 

 

To:
Release detailed, objective information on all asylum-seeker boat arrivals and provide collated figures on arrivals each month.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 2 months ago

      * While every refugee's story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage – the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives. ~ Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees

      * "...in the midst of migrants in search of a better life there are people in need of protection: refugees and asylum-seekers, women and children victims of trafficking...Many move simply to avoid dying of hunger. When leaving is not an option but a necessity, this is more than poverty."

      ~ Antonio Guterres

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    • Elisabeth Ferid BLACKTOWN, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      We have the right to know how many boats arrive and the condition of the occupants on board and where/how they are to housed

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    • Ronald Nuske AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      WE should be told all the facts

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    • Kevin Conway WAVELL HEIGHTS, AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      A highly secretive Government is the first step to corruption.

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    • Daffy Duck AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      It is not really. I suggest Mr "Bhavana" return to his own country and stop trying to influence Australians. We do not need foreigners making up petitions in our country. Go back to where you came from. You are not wanted here.

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