37. Alternatives to protracted detention in secure immigration detention centres might include:
(i) increased use of ‘open facilities’ such as at Inverbrackie;
(ii) increased use of community detention;
(iii) use of appropriate control orders, including monitoring;
(iv) use of case specific or ‘tailor-made” reporting arrangements to match the risk;
(v) special hearings to consider release and conditions of release (along the lines of ‘bail’ hearings);
(vi) best interests of the child determinations for children affected by the adverse security assessments
of their parents or principal caregivers.
This information is taken from paragraph 37. See the full UNHCR Report: Expert Roundtable on National Security Assessments for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Stateless Persons in Australia. Canberra 3 May 2012.
Tasmania’s Anglican Bishop John Harrower, Alderman Damon Thomas, and the CEO of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, Ms Anna Reynolds, launched 2014 Refugee Week today, by calling for Tasmania to be seriously considered by Canberra as an alternative to offshore processing.
There’s a new push for Tasmania to become an alternative site for offshore processing of asylum seekers – see the video:
Press Release: Anglican Bishop John Harrower and CEO of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, Ms Misha Coleman will bring attention to the billions of dollars wasted on the Abbott Government’s offshore detention facilities when they meet with state and federal politicians in Tasmania this week. Download the press release: ACRTTasmaniaPressRelease10June2014
What if the $4.2 Billion Canberra plans to spend offshoring asylum seekers was spent hosting them here in community detention? Is that a practical idea or blue sky thinking? Misha Coleman EO of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce wants to make it a reality.
The following is the Taskforce’s submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration detention.