Letters to Tyranny #41

Dear Prime Minister,

Continuing on from my previous letters I refer again to Professor jane McAdam's article. She describes Australia's domestic law on asylum seekers: "[It has] deleted all references to the refugee convention ... [and] ... has replaced them with a 'self-contained statutory framework'." But this is completely against international law which requires that countries which have signed a treaty cannot then make domestic law that breaks the treaty. Otherwise international law breaks down. On behalf of not only Mr XXX XXX from XXX, the 41st asylum seeker on Manus Island, but also Australia will you change our laws by inserting a legislative requirement that Australian law must be made according to international refugee and human rights law?

Yours faithfully

Ruth Halbert