Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

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The Family First Influence Begins.

"Thirty of Australia's longest-term immigration detainees are having their cases reviewed and could be freed because they have converted to Christianity since arriving.

The Federal Government has made the move quietly as it searches for a face-saving way to soften its policy on failed asylum seekers who have been in custody for more than three years, and cannot be repatriated to their countries of origin.

It follows strong lobbying efforts by several Government backbenchers, churches and the powerful Family First party for the Government to relax its refugee policy for Christian converts."


EDIT: This'll be interesting for people. In the Australian on the weekend was a column on racism in Australia's immigration policies. Link proved by ironed_orchid and she quotes a bit of it in the comments.
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