Independent MP Andrew Wilkie on Ending Mandatory Detention

The staggered release of the Medevac refugees from long-term detention in hotels scattered across the nation, which began in December 2020 and came to a close right before this year’s election, brought a lengthy campaign to see them out to an end, Paul Gregoire reports. 

But as federal Independent MP Andrew Wilkie points out, this recent victory and others like it, such as the government finally agreeing to New Zealand’s offer to take in hundreds of refugees currently in Australia, haven’t marked the end of the brutal Sovereign Borders regime.

That’s why the Independent member for Clarke has reintroduced his Ending Indefinite and Arbitrary Immigration Detention Bill 2022, which seeks to do exactly what its title suggests, end mandatory detention: a federal policy that was first adopted back in 1992.

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