Amnesty International Australia has made a submission to the Department of Treasury regarding priorities for the upcoming 2024‑25 Budget to be handed down in May.
The primary focus of the submission was the protection of refugees and people seeking asylum, primarily through an increase to the Refugee and Humanitarian Program; as well as Indigenous justice, particularly the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in the youth justice system. The submission also had an additional focus on foreign aid contributions to Bangladesh and the occupied Palestinian Territories.
By enacting the recommendations found in this submission, the Australian Government can become a true leader in addressing the injustices faced by First Nations Peoples, while also restoring its reputation as an important player in addressing the global refugee and humanitarian crisis.
We want a world where human rights are no longer under fire. Governments and people in power everywhere must respect everyone’s basic freedoms, and allow their citizens to live safely, without fear.
When human rights are attacked, Amnesty will call on the human rights abusers to be tried and brought to justice.
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