Labor for Refugees is a group of Australian Labor Party (ALP) members aiming to enhance the Party's refugee policy. The group was formed on August 31, 2001 - the morning after the Tampa was refused permission to dock at Christmas Island - and to date, more than 70 Victorian ALP branches have officially endorsed Labor for Refugees policies, as have very many individual members. Labor for Refugees (Victoria) is the local branch of a national organisation with branches in all states, and supports changes in ALP policy compatible with three policy objectives:

1. All asylum seekers to be treated with compassion, justice and in accordance with Australia’s international obligations.

2. The right of all onshore asylum seekers to have their status as refugees assessed on Australian soil, under the Australian legal system.

3. Asylum seekers to be accommodated in government run and urban-based reception centres. When a formal application for Refugee status has been made and security, health and identity checks are complete, asylum seekers are free to move out of reception centres and to stay in supportive communities. The time in detention not to exceed 30 days without judicial review and the right of appeal.

If you agree with these basic human rights we invite your branch to endorse the policies, and individuals to join Labor for Refugees using the membership forms. You will then receive regular email updates as well as occasional newsletters and will be invited to attend related functions. There is no charge for membership.


Do you approve, disapprove, or neither approve nor disapprove of the way the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party supports sending asylum seekers to Manus Island and Nauru?

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Link to our individual membership form.

Link to our branch membership form.

Link to our list of affiliated branches.

Link to a January 2012 opinion piece in The Age on detention policy.

Link to our proposed 2011 National Platform Chapter 9 Amendments.

Link to our latest newsletter (May 2011).

Link to our submission to the senate inquiry into the immigration detention network August 2011.

Link to the policy adopted on 10 August 2011 by the Comonwealth Affairs and Federal Relations (CAFR) Policy Committee.

Link to our letter to The Australian (May 11, 2011) on the proposal to send asylum seekers to Malaysia.

Link to our article in The Australian (Oct 7, 2010) on the proposal to send asylum seekers to East Timor.

Link to our submission to the senate inquiry into the anti-people smuggling bill and the other measures bill April 2010.

Link to our position paper on refugees in Indonesia November 2009.

Link to our submission to the senate inquiry into immigration detention July 2008.

Several documents (collated by Maurie Kelleher)

Link to Mental Health Effects.

Link to International Law.

Link to Dangerous Law.

Link to Costs.

Link to Boat Arrivals.

Link to Moral Duty.

Link to Human Rights Commission.

Link to Refugee Statistics.