Asylum Seeker Policy – Draft

1. Australia’s Abstinence from Participation in Military or Interventionist Actions

First, and foremost, the Virtual Party does not support or condone the participation of Australia’s defence forces in military actions or interventionist actions outside Australia which result in the terrorising of a country’s population and/or the destruction of a country’s infrastructure such that the domestic population resorts to fleeing across the sea or land borders of their home country to escape such terrorism and destruction.

2. Australia’s Establishment of Authorities and Centres to Assist Asylum Seekers

The Virtual Party does support the establishment of authorities and centres based in the original countries to which current asylum seekers have fled and are now housed in tent cities. These authorities will act on behalf of the Australian government and in the best interests of those asylum seekers in establishing
their identities and verifying their credentials as bona fide asylum seekers.

These authorities will work with those of other countries, NGOs and other accredited bodies to ensure every asylum seeker receives adequate shelter, food, water, access to acceptable sanitation, clothing, medical attention, translation services, and personal care items necessary for them to maintain their health while such investigations are being carried out.

Staff hired for these centres will undergo a period of induction which will include mandatory defensive self-defense and compassionate, non-violent behaviour response training to an accreditation standard.

3. Australia’s Obligation to Ensure Unbiased Processing of Asylum Seeker Claims by Staff of Established Authorities in Countries to Which Asylum Seekers Initially Flee

The Vitual Party advocates that the authorities are staffed by individuals who have been assessed as those who do not hold any identifiable biases or phobias which would result in their failure to ensure each and every claim for recognition as an asylum seeker is processed in a manner which can be assessed as fair by a reasonable person of the same nationality, culture or religion.

4. Australia’s Obligation to Ensure Unbiased Processing of Asylum Seeker Claims by Established Authorities

The Virtual Party advocates that the directives made to the authorities do not impose biases or phobias on the staff in those authorities or offer inducements based on rejections of asylum seeker claims.

5. Australia’s Obligation to Ensure Unbiased Processing of Asylum Seeker Claims by Staff of Established Authorities in Countries to Which Asylum Seekers Secondarily Flee

The Virtual Party does support the establishment of authorities and centres based in the secondary countries to which current asylum seekers have travelled in order to journey on to Australia by any means that they are able to take.

These authorities will act on behalf of the Australian government and in the best interests of those asylum seekers in establishing their identities and verifying their credentials as bona fide asylum seekers.

These authorities will work with those of other countries, NGOs and other recognised and accredited bodies to ensure every asylum seeker receives adequate shelter, food, water, access to acceptable sanitation, clothing, medical attention, translation services, and personal care items necessary for them to maintain their health while such investigations are being carried out.

Staff hired for these centres will undergo a period of induction which will include mandatory defensive self-defense and compassionate, non-violent behaviour response training to an accreditation standard.

These authorities will be required to process claims as quickly and efficiently as possible and will use knowledge acquired from Australian government departments tasked with this processing  to establish acceptable timelines and guides for this process.

6. Australia’s Obligation to Ensure Asylum Seekers are Not Confined or Restricted While Their Claims are Processed

The Virtual Party does not support the confining – in any form – of asylum seekers whether that be in tent cities, or to specific areas of a town or city, or to specific areas outside a town or city.

7. Australia’s Obligation to Protect Asylum Seekers from Further Harm

The Virtual Party does support the protection of asylum seekers from any form of harm by the local inhabitants or by staff employed in centres currently holding them. Staff currently employed or subsequently hired for these centres will undergo a period of induction which will include mandatory defensive self-defense and compassionate, non-violent behaviour response training to an accreditation standard.

8. Australia’s Obligation to Educate Local Inhabitants About the Motivations of Asylum Seekers

The Virtual Party does support the education of local inhabitants about the reasons asylum seekers have for fleeing their home country.

9. Australia’s Obligation to Contribute Funds to Assist in the Care of Asylum Seekers

The Virtual Party advocates that funds are made available to assist host countries and communities who are housing asylum seekers.

10. Australia’s Obligation to Increase its Annual Intake from Countries to Which Asylum Seekers Initially Flee

The Virtual Party advocates the immediate increase in numbers of processed asylum seekers accepted into Australia for resettlement as a means to decrease the number of people moving from the first country to which they have fled.

11. Australia’s Obligation to Provide Safe Transit from Countries in its Region

The Virtual Party advocates that Australia ceases its agreements with countries in its region to confine refugees to internment camps and to conduct offshore processing and provides immediate safe transit from those countries to Australia.

12. Australia’s Humanitarian Obligation to House Asylum Seekers in the Community

The Virtual Party advocates that asylum seekers be provided with housing equal to that provided to low income Australian residents and citizens.

13. Australia’s Humanitarian Obligation to Educate Asylum Seekers

The Virtual Party advocates that asylum seekers be  enabled to learn English and to acquire a skill or trade which will allow them to find employment.

14. Australia’s Humanitarian Obligation to Allow Asylum Seekers to be Employed in Paid Work

The Virtual Party advocates that asylum seekers be assisted to find suitable work and to ensure they are paid at a rate equal to that of any Australian resident or citizen undertaking equivalent types of work.

8 thoughts on “Asylum Seeker Policy – Draft”

  1. Worthwhile considering a clause for the money-oriented ones and bean counters that perhaps a study into costing of this all might reveal: keeping these people in those inhumane condition is HIGHER than what it would be if they are treated as per draft policies above.

    Realise it’s a big task, and definitely beyond my skills set. Just putting it out there.

  2. Re OH&S and safety of asylum seeker.
    The facilities, wherever they have to occur, should be designed in an manner that provides egress and access points.

    During induction staff should train onsite, following completion of defensive self-defense training , using scenarios. Safe escape is key to non-violence and harm prevention.

    Facilities should be built, fitted and furnished with dignified harm prevention and safety as utmost considerations.

    Just trying to drilling down on the violence, brutality and death prevention and harm thing. It appalls me to the core. I want it stopped.

  3. RE: Asylum Seeker Policy

    Defensive Self-defense and Compassionate Response

    Professional Assault Response Training
    http://www.mtu.net.au/part/

    I have used this group to train medical officers, nurses and Aboriginal health workers and the system used is based upon compassion and mutual respect, but provides physical systems to assess, de-escalate, escape, restrain. Also provides understanding of assault and criminal assault laws and physical and behavioural limitations. It would fit the situation perfectly. PART can also provide train-the-trainer courses for ongoing in-house training. It is effective and compassionate in action. It is fantastic for bridging cultural and language barriers. It is incremental and provides staff with many options rather than a resort to brutality and violence. Therefore staff feel safe, rational and in control avoiding that mentality of violence. A course of this nature is essential as part of training and should be explicitly part of the asylum seeker policy. “Staff induction will include mandatory defensive self-defense and compassionate, non-violent behaviour response training” with maybe “to accreditation standard.”

    Regards
    Larvey

  4. Agree with all of this. We do need to ensure asylum seekers do not risk their lives and the lives of their families by trying to reach Australia by boat. I expect that Policy #5 will go some way towards such an objective by creating “queues” in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. However, we need to ensure that asylum seekers are not left languishing in such queues for inordinate amounts of time: this would only increase the temptation to take the people smuggling route. Therefore, I would suggest that the policy needs to include a commitment to processing claims quickly and efficiently, as well as an increase to the limits on our refugee intake.

    1. Perhaps as per guidelines of UN or other Refugee NGO,
      This would reinforce existing international standards, if they are regarded as acceptable. Can also then more effectively feed into further development of the international standard/s.

Leave a Reply