Bad News for Migrants in Australia?

The Border Force Act was recently passed by the Australian Federal Government, and went into operation 1 July 2015. This act supports the status and decisions / actions of border enforcement personnel, and the strategies they employ when dealing with asylum seekers, undocumented migrants and other persons who enter Australian waters seeking protection.

Another 2015 piece of legislation, the Border Resource Act, deals with measures such as return of persons to boats, search and inquiry, and the use of “reasonable force” to protect Australia’s border. Closer examination of the texts of both Acts raises questions regarding human rights and Australia’s detention of asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in deplorable conditions—without any timeline of resolution of their status. The eventual enforcement of the Acts demands close scrutiny!                                                                                                  –contributed by Kathleen Butler CSB