Dr MEHREEN FARUQI (12:02): I move:
(1)That this House notes that:
(a)the United Nations’ World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year;
(b)this event honours the bravery and determination of those who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence;
(c)we are witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record, and according to the UNHCR, over 65 million people have been forced from their homes, more than 21 million people are refugees and half are under the age of 18;
(d)every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to flee war, persecution or terror;
(e)Australia is a signatory to the United Nations’ Refugee Convention which sets out the rights of refugees;
(f)there have been three deaths by suicide on Manus Island in the past 12 months; and
(g)the Australian Government is still holding 142 children on Nauru.
(2)That this House condemns Australia’s disregard for the Refugee Convention and recognises that international organisations, including the United Nations and Amnesty International, have declared Australia in violation of international laws for its treatment of asylum seekers.
(3)That this House calls on the Australian Government to end the cruel treatment of refugees, shut down offshore detention centres and relocate all detained refugees to Australia.
(4)That this House calls on the New South Wales Government to:
(a)recognise the plight of refugees and the need to welcome people fleeing persecution and seeking asylum to Australia;
(b)recognise the serious harm being done to refugees and intervene to protect the basic human rights of asylum seekers; and
(c)provide funding and full support to resettle the refugees in New South Wales.