Australia has joined other countries to deny appending its signature to the United Nations migration pact. The Morrison government strongly stood against Australia signing the deal suggesting that it will weaken the country's policies in threatening refugees. However, the Refugee Council of Australia advocates were not in support of what the Morrison government said, stating that the migration pact has no power over their migration activities.
Richard Marles, speaking on behalf of Labour said that the labour would exert effort towards migration issues with the global community. Bill Shorten on the opposing team announced that he does not mind what decision is reached but would wait for counsel from the government.
Yesterday, the Morrison government finally decided the country will not give in to the agreement since the changes to favour the government were not made.
Objectives of the Global Compact
This compact works at addressing migration problems in the best way possible to make global migration better regarding teamwork. The last draft added that migrants should not be put in custody based on personal whims or without proper authorization, with that appropriate consideration should be made to stop migrants detention in harsh and barbaric manners. This pact upholds that migrants should not be stripped off their human rights and freedom.
The United Nation
has also frowned at the Australian way of treating migrants, as they still practice detention even on the sea and return boats coming into the country. The UN said that this practice is not under the law and that lives are in danger.
Reasons behind Australia's Refusal to Sign the Compact
In one voice, Prime Minister Scott Morrison
, Minister Peter Dutton
, and Minister Marise Payne
said that the compact is not in line with their already effective policies and that it is not also in favour of the country. The three also added that the compact would give way to illegal trades in the country and no longer threaten refugees.
However, the chief executive of the Refugee Council, Paul Power said that the compact is in the interest of both the migrants and the country's migration right. Carolina Gottardo, the director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia, accused the Morrison government of refusing to sign the compact with the claims that it affected migration rights. The director said that the compact is safe and does not threaten Migration Right and Policies
. Mat Tinkler advised the government to see the need to stop migration problems worldwide.
Morrison, nevertheless said that migration programs
are prepared one year forward, and so the government would have to wait till 2019 budget
to agree on something new, as this year’s budget is already specified.
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