A new book by Sr Aileen Crowe FMM argues that Australia’s refugee policies continually place the nation outside international law. Source: Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.
Sr Aileen has helped refugees and their families for almost 25 years and before that worked as a missionary in Papua New Guinea for 18 years.
Her Acts of Cruelty book, which was launched in Sydney last week by former High Court judge Michael Kirby, focuses on refugees who arrive here by air.
Sr Aileen said human rights law needs to be firmly embedded in the Australian legal system before societal change is possible.
“If parliamentarians continue to introduce laws with cruel and unfair consequences, judges will continue to be constrained, tribunal reviewers will continue to be morally corrupt, and departmental assessors will continue to improve their performance ratings through fake assessment practices.”
Mr Kirby, who wrote the book's foreword, described Acts of Cruelty as “uplifting”, and a “story of human endeavour to help people tackle the challenge of arriving with valid entry visas who then claim protection under international convention”.
He said Sr Aileen has never forgotten the central message of the religion that has nurtured her when confronted with the claims of the vulnerable stranger who needs protection and a new life where that claim can be justified.
“I suspect, we will look back at the present time with disappointment at the way our generations have dealt with refugees and those who claim the protection promised for that status.”
New Book Exposes How Australia Fails Refugees And Fails Itself (Franciscan Missionaries of Mary)