Arecent debate such as Peter Dunton’s call for the legal amendments of visalimitations to asylum seekers has placed a negative stance on the issue (ref).With this being used the quick political scape goat, asylum seeker issue hasbeen used as a way wage the wining strike between the Labor and Liberal party.Although this still places the topic on the map, the issue becomes morepolitical than a social matter that affects real people.Issuesasylum seeker face in Australia are based around assumptions and stereotypes.The image portrayed to the public by the government and the media about asylumseekers is that they are illegal, ‘queue jumpers’, they are dangerous and thatmost of them are theorists.
All these are false because under Article 14 of theDeclaration of Human Rights declares that “Everyone has the right to seekand to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution” http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/03/26/1017089533231.html nomatter what their means of transport to Australia. These individuals aredetained for about two years and during this time their application are beingexamined and processed. Malcolm Fraser(2002) talks about how out of 2000 asylum seekers who came to Australia 13,00were rejected on sumptuous grounds and 1 out of 13,00 was based on securityreasons and he came by plan. Therefore, it is invalid to say that most asylumseekers are terrorists.
AsylumSeeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is one of a few organisations that tactual theseschallengers faced by asylum seekers. They create campaigns which educated thepublic, schools and the wider community about asylum seekers. They aim toachieve fair legal and policy implications for asylum seekers. With theircampaigns such as ‘Detention Rights Advocacy” which offers support for theseindividuals and connects them to legal advice and medical services.
Theyachieve this by collaborating with the Human Rights Law Program to ensurepeople revive representation.