Mildura could play key refugee role

Human rights advocate Julian Burnside with Mildura and District Australian Labor Party branch vice president Peter Byrne.

Human rights advocate Julian Burnside with Mildura and District Australian Labor Party branch vice president Peter Byrne.

REGIONAL towns such as Mildura could form part of a mechanism to process refugees in a more humane way, according to human rights advocate and barrister Julian Burnside.

Mr Burnside, who delivered a speech on the theme ‘Why Justice Matters’ at the Mildura Arts Centre at the weekend, gave glaring examples of how the justice system had failed individuals, before moving on to the situation with refugees in Manus and Nauru.

In Mr Burnside’s view, offshore processing of refugees should be replaced by a maximum one-month detention period used to conduct primary health and security checks as well as cultural orientation.

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Tuesday's Sunraysia Daily 16/10/2018. To subscribe to our Digital Edition Click here

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop