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Letter to Labor Party members re open letter to Shane Neumann

The following letter has be sent to Tanya Plibersek, Kim Carr, Anthony Albanese, Lisa Singh, Jenny Macklin, Maria Vamvikinou and Penny Wong  (all of them on the Left of the party).

7th December 2017
Please find attached a letter that I sent today to Shayne Neumann, which included 535 signatures collected at our refugee market stall in recent weeks. 

The open letter to Mr Neumann reads:
Dear Mr Neumann,
The Australian government has clear obligations under the Refugee Convention and international law to treat people seeking asylum with respect and humanity, to assess their asylum claims in a timely manner and to resettle in Australia all those arriving on our shores who are found to be refugees, regardless of their mode of arrival.  We therefore call upon the Labor Opposition to:
·       make unambiguous its opposition to mandatory detention.
·       demand the immediate  resettlement in Australia of all genuine refugees on Manus and Nauru who are not cleared for resettlement in the US.
·       commit the Labor Party to working with other countries in the region and with UNHCR to provide alternative, safer pathways to eventual resettlement in safe countries, including Australia.
·       demand that people currently held in offshore detention who have close family  members living in Australia be able to rejoin them here as a matter of urgency.
On behalf of the Bellingen and Nambucca District Rural Australians for Refugees, I urge the Labor party to reconsider its bipartisan support for the government's cruel asylum policy. That has to include taking the bold step to promise an end  to offshore detention. We cannot continue indefinitely to inflict such cruelty on innocent people in pursuit of a political objective. That diminishes us all.

                                                                                                      Yours sincerely,

                                                                                             Mike Griffin

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