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Open doors We are not supporting a policy of open doors for all People who have no claim to be here should be removed to a country which will receive them People who arrive seeking asylum should have their claim for asylum assessed properly However we believe that neither group should be imprisoned except aDuring initial security checks or bIf they are genuinely assessed as posing an unacceptable risk if placed in the community or cIf they commit a crime in Australia Indefinite mandatory detention No civilized country should imprison people indefinitely other than in the most exceptional circumstances Some years ago there was a tremendous public debate in Victoria about a man called Gary David Gary David was a self-mutilator who had made a number of serious threats to harm other people However although he was mentally unstable and obviously psychotic he had not committed any crime The Victorian Parliament passed a law which would enable it to jail Gary David indefinitely for so long as a Judge considered that he should be kept out of the community The debate raged for a long time Not one of the asylum seekers presents anything like the risk which Gary David represented yet asylum seekers are imprisoned indefinitely without even the possibility of a court saying whether or not they should be This is the core issue indefinite mandatory detention without judicial order People awaiting trial on all but the most serious crimes are entitled to bail People awaiting trial on very serious charges are likely to get bail if the delay to trial exceeds 6 months People who have been convicted of crimes and have served jail sentences are released on parole before the end of their sentence There are many simple and effective systems available which ensure that a person who is released into the community will present themselves to the authorities when required
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