Contribution to the public hearing on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights examination of the Migration (Regional Processing) package of legislation
Canberra – 17 December 2012

In conducting the current examination into the Migration (Regional Processing) package of legislation, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has requested that stakeholders provide evidence on the human rights implications of this package of legislation.

The human rights implications of this package of legislation go further than raising questions as to whether Australia’s legislative (and policy) framework meets the technical, legal requirements of our international obligations.

In our view, the most pressing human rights implication of this package of legislation, simply put, is that it is causing human suffering: physical and psychological suffering. This suffering creates a moral imperative to oppose mandatory indefinite immigration detention; an imperative that stands above and beyond technical legal compliance.