Mandatory Detention In Australia

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Mandatory detention is an understandable method to maintain a safe and healthy environment in Australia. However, the way that we practise this system is horribly immoral and misguided. The Australian government needs to provide better conditions for asylum seekers, set a 30 day limit on detention, and eliminate offshore and remote centres. Offshore detention centres are pigsty-like prisons and refugees face potential indefinite imprisonment.
Refugees seeking political asylum on our shores have already been through a harsh journey, yet are subjected to inhumane treatment in inadequate offshore centres. Placement of detention centres in remote offshore locations come with several disadvantages. Refugees don’t have access to proper medical care, legal support, and transporting supplies is difficult and costly. The benefits of detention centres being situated in metropolitan areas is shown with much lower suicide rates than those in offshore centres. Jobs in these offshore detention centres are unattractive options for trained workers, due to horrible
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This law, theoretically, allows refugees to be held for the duration of their lives until they are granted a visa or leave Australia. To this day, Australia is still the only OECD country to impose this law. There is no excuse for this laziness exhibited by the government whatsoever. Without a time limit on detention imprisonment, asylum seekers feel an uncertainty about their future, resulting in extreme stress and anxiety. This only adds to the flood of mental illness in detention centres, which are aptly named ‘factories for mental illness’. Indefinite detention, combined with vile living conditions, make detention centres the same as prisons, only that they hold those who have already been traumatised and persecuted. The government needs to restrict detaining time limits to 30 days to prevent detention from being even more like

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