Stanhope to speak at ANU on refugee policy

Former ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope has strongly criticised Labor’s recent hard line on asylum seekers and refugees, saying the party’s policies on mandatory detention and offshore processing are inconsistent with Labor values.

Mr Stanhope, who has just finished a two-year stint as Administrator of the Indian Ocean territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, will speak about his views on Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees at a public meeting at the Australian National University on Wednesday, November 5 at the Manning Clark Centre starting at 6.30pm.

“As a member of the Labor Party, I have never been able to accept that policies which fail to treat asylum seekers and refugees humanely and with dignity are consistent with Labor’s values and ideals,” Mr Stanhope told the ANU Refugee Action Committee (RAC), which is organising the meeting.

“I challenge any senior members of Shadow Cabinet such as Tanya Plibersek, Anthony Albanese and Andrew Leigh to look me in the eye and tell me that these policies reflect what the Labor Party stands for,” Mr Stanhope said.

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