I am one of 42,613 Australian Christians that are part of the Common Grace movement. We are passionate about Jesus & Justice. I will vote for a candidate who shows #CommonGrace. I am specifically concerned for peoples seeking asylum.
As Christians, we believe in justice and redemption and we believe this is something to bring about now and together in community. For Australia and our politics how do we see redemption coming for us as a nation after we have perpetrated such great harm and evil against vulnerable people seeking safety with us. How do we as a nation regain our soul in this? How do we put this right?
What is the most compassionate and humane approach we can have to people seeking asylum in Australia?
How will you provide protection and freedom for people seeking safety on our shores?
With all of this in mind could you please specifically answer the following questions:
- Australia’s offshore detention program has caused significant harm to the lives of people seeking asylum over a period of many years. What is your policy to end the cruelty of offshore processing?
- A just and fair asylum process requires adequate access to legal services, social supports and independent review, rights which have been denied to people seeking asylum under the newly implemented “fast-track” process. How will you work to restore access to a fair process for people seeking asylum?
- Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) and Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) holders do not have the same access to services, rights and residency or citizenship pathways as refugees who hold a Permanent Protection Visa (PPV) . How will you end the limbo and uncertainty of temporary protection?
- There is currently an enormous global need for resettlement of refugees fleeing war, persecution and terror. Will you increase our humanitarian program to more generously contribute to durable solutions for the world’s refugees?
- Current policies mean that many people seeking asylum and refugees have been separated from their families for long, and potentially indefinite, periods of time. How will you provide refugees the dignity of family reunification?
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