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UNICEF - New migration Bill allows ‘breach of international law’

12 Nov 2014

UNICEF Australia has called for the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 not to be passed.

Along with other human rights organisations, UNICEF said the Bill attempted to remove Australia’s international obligations, reduce powers of the Australian courts and give extensive discretionary control to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison.

UNICEF Australia Chief Executive Officer, Norman Gillespie said that the Bill put forward by Minister Morrison sought to classify children born in Australia as ‘unauthorised maritime arrivals’ if one of their parents was labelled such, and that those children would be subject to mandatory detention and transfer to Nauru.