Whilst the reintroduction of TPVs and the awkwardly named SHEV give us the type of visa they will get, there are other significant changes to the process and law.
Thursday evening’s Senate debate on the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill illustrated the truly unacceptable choices faced by the cross bench Senators. Labor and the Greens opposed the Bill and unsuccessfully sought to move amendments to reduce its harshness. But what finally passed will haunt us for years to come.
As we look forward to opening Arrupe Place in 2015, we are incredibly fortunate to have connected with passionate, committed, and well qualified people who have all put their hands up to help build a more accessible, supportive and welcoming space for asylum seekers.