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Detention: Letter to PM

Detention: Letter to PM

By Carolyn Ford


Lawyers have accused the government of warehousing asylum seekers and obstructing justice. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been sent an open letter from the Victorian legal profession with a clear message – end offshore detention now. The letter accuses the federal government of warehousing asylum seekers and obstructing justice by “deliberately transferring these vulnerable individuals to a place where it is difficult to obtain adequate legal advice”. Almost 50 law firms, representative bodies, jurists and legal associations including the LIV, are signatories to the letter which calls on the government to bring all asylum seekers in regional processing facilities to mainland Australia to have their claims properly processed.

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