The federal government's changes to the asylum-seeker processing system, to be announced today, are an "alarming overreaction" according to Head of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, David Manne, who says the tough new rules will usher in a new era of "extremity and cruelty in our treatment of refugees."
The changes "represent a clear cut incontrovertible breach of our obligations," Manne told Crikey this morning. "It effectively defines the whole Australian territory as an excised or dehumanized zone, where basic fundamental human rights do not apply".
THE Federal Government will use submarines, warships, spy planes and top-secret radars and satellites to stop West Papuan refugees from reaching Australia.
In a multi-agency strategy, the military will work with Customs, Coastwatch and Fisheries to target illegal fishermen as well as asylum seekers.
The Uniting Church says the Federal Government's proposed changes to the processing of asylum seekers are an act of moral abandonment.
Amnesty International has condemned proposed changes to Australian immigration laws, that will see all future asylum seekers arriving by boat processed offshore.