Foreign Policy and Immigration

Speaking with an Australian Accent

  • The Australian Progressives believe that Australia should develop an independent foreign policy, with a focus on making diplomatic representations to other countries in support of equality, democracy, mateship and peace.

Asylum Seekers and Refugees

  • The Australian Progressives support the establishment of a Royal Commission into the Mandatory Detention and Offshore Processing of Asylum Seekers since 1992.

  • The Australian Progressives support the establishment of a policy of onshore processing of asylum claims.

  • The Australian Progressives support an increase the Australian Humanitarian Intake to 30,000 per year, or 15% of our total annual migration rate, whichever is higher.

  • The Australian Progressives support the closure of all remaining Australian Offshore Processing Centres on Manus Island, and in Nauru. All current detainees to be brought to Australia, and processed onshore.

  • The Australian Progressives will consult with regional partners to establish point-of-safe-harbour in South East Asia to prevent the resumption of dangerous maritime crossing.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies seeking to establish Australian-run refugee settlements in consultation with nations bordering conflict zones to improve safety closer to home.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to seek out a regional asylum seeker agreement.

  • The Australian Progressives support the restoration a humanitarian ethos to processing procedures and reduce processing time.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to increase opportunities for refugees to access skilled migration program.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to provide financial or in-kind assistance to domestic community organisations to improve refugee resettlement outcomes.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to develop and implement a Resettlement Assistance Program including language support, training, and cultural education for newly settled refugees. 

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to provide a long term Safe Harbour Visa for refugees who may be able to return home. Safe Harbour Visas will permit employment and provide assistance for visa holders to learn skills appropriate for rebuilding their homes when safe to do so.

  • The Australian Progressives support moves to develop foreign policy to increase Australian contributions to actions which provide safe harbour closer to refugee origins.

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