High Court decision on detention centres announced

Posted 3 February 2016 10:45am

Today the High Court has thrown out a challenge to the Australian Government's immigration detention centre on Nauru.

This decision means that more than 250 people, including 35 babies, will be sent back to Nauru as early as this weekend.

Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum should reflect our collective values of solidarity, compassion, respect for human dignity, and our desire to do good – not harm.

We believe:

  • People who seek asylum should live in the Australian community. Respect for their humanity demands that they have the right to work, access to basic services, and to some financial support if they cannot find work.
  • Children should not be held in detention in Australia or in offshore detention centres, but housed in the Australian community with the full range of services necessary for their welfare.

CSSA on the advisory group of the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA)

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