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Afghan politicians urge the Abbott government to dump the Temporary visa program

November 2013, 13
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50 Afghan politicians are urging the Australian prime minister Tony Abbott that he should immediately stop the temporary protection visa (TPV) which has been re-introduced. The letter to the Prime minister has been translated from Dari and the 50 MPS were requesting Mr Abbott to scrap the temporary protection visa program. The letter said that we are very much obliged that the afghan people are allowed to take refuge in Australia and many consider it as their second home and also respect Australian laws and values and can work and live freely in Australia without any fear that they will be deported.

The MPs in the letter wrote to the Australian government that they expected them to treat Afghans with compassion and also pay attention to providing the afghan refugees with basic human rights. From amongst the politicians who signed the letter was also Dr Abdul Qayoom Sajadi, who is the MP for Ghazni province. The Refugee Action Coalition has distributed this letter, and it has come right after the huge protest that was held right outside the Afghan National Parliament in Kabul.

During the Howard government's power temporary protection visas were given to refugees so that they could seek protection in Australia for upto three years and they could also work during that duration.  Permanent protection was not allowed and refugees were banned to apply for that and there were possibilities that could be returned back to Afghanistan if conditions improved there. The Labor government had scrapped this rule but the new coalition government that came into power has brought it back.

Their reintroduction will be tried to stop in the coming weeks by the Australian greens by a disallowance motion in the Senate. If the Greens are successful than the temporary protection visa program will go haywire for six months atleast. The Senator of the Greens Sarah Hanson-Young is planning to give a notice of motion to the immigration minister on tuesday that will force him to show documents about 'matters related to operations' and 'operations on-water' within 24 hours after any incidences occur in regards to asylum seekers trying to enter the country by boats or any such rescues or interceptions that take place.

The Immigration minister Scott Morrison has yet to reply to the Afghan MP's letter.

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