RCOA – Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

It is now over 12 months since the release of the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers. ARA is one of many Australian non government organisations that have co signed the following statement issued by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA). As we near the Election date, it is a good time to reflect on the current situation. Follow the links to read Enough is Enough, It’s Time For A New Approach, issued by RCOA on the 13th August 2013.

Click here to read the report


Federal Election

The Refugee Council of Australia has produced two summaries to help you understand where the parties contesting Saturday’s Federal election stand on refugee issues. The first is a five-page summary of the refugee policy platforms of the Australian Labor Party, the Liberal-National Coalition and the Greens. Released last month, this has been updated twice following new party policy announcements. The second guide (newly released) is a summary of the views of the other 47 registered parties and the 18 Independent teams and ungrouped candidates contesting Senate elections.

Political analysts are suggesting that the Senate elections will be very close in most states. There is some possibility of candidates from little-known parties being elected and even holding the balance of power in the next Senate. If you vote above the line in the Senate, your preferences will be allocated in line with your selected team’s group voting ticket. These group voting tickets have caused considerable controversy as a number of the parties are giving preferences to minor party candidates whose views would appear to be incompatible with those of the parties’ supporters. In NSW, for instance, Pauline Hanson of One Nation could benefit from the flow of preferences from up to 23 parties if the battle for the final two NSW Senate seats is between her party, Labor, the Coalition and the Greens.

If you are concerned about the preference allocations in Senate group voting tickets, you can allocate your own preferences by voting in every square below the line. Apart from providing a summary of each party’s position on refugee issues, our Senate guide provides links to party websites (enabling you to learn about other policies) and also links to websites which assist voters considering voting below the line in the Senate.

The purpose of these guides is to give Australians who are interested in refugee issues the information they need to cast their votes with greater confidence.

The guide to the policies of Labor, the Liberal-National Coalition and the Greens is at

The guide to the policies of the minor party candidates contesting the Senate election is at