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I want a supportive, permanent and safe home here in our communities for people seeking asylum
GOAL: 2,911 signatures
People applying for asylum in Australia have lost the freedom to own a pet.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has issued a notice to people seeking asylum living in Australia with a policy restriction on pet ownership.
The Department can decide if people can own a dog, cat or even a gold fish.
ASRC Director of Campaigns, Jana Favero said, "This is another terrifying display of arbitrary powers to decide the rights of people seeking asylum, this time their freedom to own a pet and the ability to take of care of their pet's health'.
Veterinarian at Best Mates charity vet clinic Jason Rapke said, "For people struggling in life, especially those with few family and friends, their pets can be a huge source of support and motivation.”
Sign now and add your voice to the growing community in Australia calling for fairness, dignity and respect for people seeking asylum.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Every person in Australia enjoys the right to enormous benefits of an animal's companionship.
The Victorian Government has granted every tenant the right to have a pet in their rented home.
Yet your Department of Immigration and Border Protection has a new policy removing the freedom to own a pet for people applying for asylum who live in Australia.
People seeking asylum already experience high rates of mental ill health, isolation, depression and anxiety, much of it due to Australia's cruel and arduous process to apply for protection.
Please reinstate this basic right to the companionship of a pet while people wait for their applications to be processed.
Example of the 30-day letter being sent
The Turnbull Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has started sending threatening letters to people seeking asylum in our community.
These letters risk forcing people to lodge their asylum claims without getting the legal advice they need to have the best chance of being able to rebuild their lives in peace with their families in our community.
We need the Turnbull Government to stop sending these threatening letters.
We need to give people a fair chance, with fair timelines and appropriate legal support, to make the most important application of their lives.
That’s why we’re asking you to sign this letter to Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, calling on him to stop sending the threatening letters and ensure a fair process for people seeking asylum.
So, please add your voice today by signing this letter to Prime Minister Turnbull.GOAL: 2,919 signatures
Dear Mr Turnbull,
The reminder letters being sent to people seeking asylum by your Government are creating unnecessary fear and confusion in the community.
The asylum application process is complex and difficult to negotiate without proper access to legal advice which can make the difference between being successful or having a person's application refused. The letters being sent to people in the community threaten to deny vulnerable people the right to claim asylum, to not renew bridging visas and to cancel support payments.
The letters your Government is sending force people to choose between lodging their asylum claims without legal advice or risk losing their access to support payments or even the right to ever seek asylum in Australia. It is an unjustifiably harsh approach. Give people a fair chance, with reasonable timelines, and appropriate legal support to make the most important application of their lives.
People seeking asylum who want to rebuild their lives with their families in our community deserve to have their claims assessed fairly, with the support of lawyers who can help negotiate the complex process the Department of Immigration and Border Protection oversees. This issue shows that we need an asylum process that treats people with and respect and which offers them an opportunity to rebuild their lives in peace in our community.
A process that treats all people fairly and with respect should:
- Be clear, efficient and transparent.
- Be the same for all people regardless of their date or means of arrival.
- Have a timeframe that allows for proper advice, access to legal help and to fully prepare applications.
- Restore funding for legal assistance
- Ensure decisions about asylum are subject to proper review processes and the rule of law
- Provide permanent residence for people once they have been found to be refugees.
Our community wants fair treatment for people seeking asylum.
Please act now. Stop sending these letters.
Provide people seeking asylum with reasonable timelines and allow them to access the legal support they need.
Give people a chance of having their asylum claims assessed fairly.