Monday September 17, 2007 8:15am WST
For Immediate Release
"The ALP Opposition leader Kevin Rudd should commit himself to bring home to Australia John Howard's "refugee election pawns and soldiers" languishing on Nauru, by Christmas," WA Human Rights group Project SafeCom said this morning, after sources told Project SafeCom that Labor is considering an attack on John Howard this week over his refugee treatment.
"The audacity of Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews, who is happy to let approved refugees languish on Nauru and who refuses to resettle them in Australia, is clearly in breach of the UN Convention and an international disgrace," spokesman Jack H Smit said.
"John Howard did not get his way when the Designation Unauthorised Arrival Bill failed last year, and through Kevin Andrews he now tries to establish all of Australia as a 'forbidden zone' for boat arrivals: even if you're a refugee on assessment by Australian authorities, you will not come to Australia."
"Labor should, in this last week of Parliament, challenge the Prime Minister by promising to bring to Australia by Christmas, all Sri Lankan refugees who had their claims approved, as well as the handful of other Sri Lankans, as well as the Rohingya from Burma."
"The hellhole of Nauru is no place for Labor's Refugee Justice. Kevin Rudd knows that, he rightly objects to the misery and torture inflicted by John Howard on the mental health of detained asylum seekers and refugees, and he should wedge John Howard by declaring, that if he wins government, Nauru will forever close by Christmas."
Jack H Smit
Project SafeCom Inc.
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