We welcome the important first steps the Federal Government has taken in dismantling the Pacific Solution. We are now calling for a full commitment to swiftly end the policy of processing asylum seekers off shore.
The Government has announced that seven men from Myanmar who have been held on Nauru since August last year have been granted refugee status, and could be living in Australia within 2 weeks. Federal Immigration Minister Chris Evans has also indicated that the Sri Lankans still on Nauru will be resettled next month.
This is great start for the new Government, and will certainly be a welcome early Christmas present for those who have been languishing in the detention centre on Nauru.
The Australian Government must now take the next step and close all off shore processing centres, including Nauru and Christmas Island, restore excise territories to Australias migration zone, and end the policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers.