The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has condemned the newly passed Migration Act (the Asylum Legacy Caseload Bill) as regressive and completely lacking in compassion.

National President, Anthony Thornton said the reintroduction of Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) was a massive step backwards and the draconian measures in the legislation revealed the cruel and callous intent by our Government to reject more people who seek refuge.

National Council Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon, said:

“This legislation further undermines Australia’s commitment to the UN Refugee Convention. People on TPVs and Safe Have Enterprise Visas will be destined to a life of uncertainty with little hope of securing a permanent visa.

“But just as our struggle is enormous, so too is our hope. We will not be silent. It is not OK to play politics with people fleeing persecution and tragedy.”

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a member of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCoA).