Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Discussion Paper on Australia's Humanitarian Programme 2017-2018

The submission to the Department of Immigration & Border Protection was prepared by the Migration Law Committee of the Federal Litigation & Dispute Resolution Section.

The Committee is limiting its submissions to areas of both the Discussion Paper and the Programme about which it considers that it has the expertise to comment.

The Committee is supportive of Australia's continued commitment to refugee resettlement, and is of the view that the selection of refugees for resettlement should be undertaken on a non-discriminatory basis, which is a view supported through the Law Council's Asylum Seeker Policy. It notes in the United Nations Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants following his mission to Australia that while Australia "has exemplary resettlement policies, the strong focus on securitisation and punishment blemishes the country's good human rights records."

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