Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group

Promoting understanding of, and respect for, human rights

Sign our petition on asylum seekers

Date: 11 Apr 2011

Many people are concerned about the plight of children and families being detained as asylum seekers but don't know what to do about it, so we have organised a petition to express this concern to the House of Representatives in the Commonwealth Parliament.

Petitions provide an effective way of allowing ordinary people to express their views to government, giving us a say in the political processes.

Our petition asks the House of Representatives to change the present detention system so that children and families are held in detention centres only as a last resort and for no longer than six months. The petition also seeks an increase in the number of refugees accepted in Australia each year on humanitarian grounds.

If you share our sentiments and would like to add your name to the petition, you can download a copy of it here.

If you then print the petition, you can sign it. You might like to see if your friends would also like to sign it.

Regardless of how many signatures you collect, make sure you send it back to us at:

Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group, P.O. Box 64, Hastings, Victoria, 3918.

We will then present the full Petition to the House of Representatives.

The tech-heads amongst you are probably wondering why on earth we are doing our petition this way....? It does seem a bit convoluted. Why not just do it online?

Well, it turns out that the House of Representatives for the Commonwealth Parliament does not accept online petitions.

Surprised? We were too. But we will follow their rules, because this is such an important issue.

By the way, if you have signed our petition, many thanks for your support.