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Parliament for Refugees:

Those who dare to break the silence

Below is the list of sitting parliamentary representatives in the current government term. As time slowly moves towards the 2004 election, the Members will have links to statements they have made about the Howard government's treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

Rural Australians for Refugees
In close collaboration with many members of Rural Australians for Refugees

Those MP's whose names are BOLD have made seriously critical statements about the scandalous policies of the Howard government. Those MP's whose names are printed in RED, have also made statements, but they have been statements supporting or pandering to the scandalous treatment - and defended those policies. All BOLD and RED names will eventually have links under them, pointing to quotes or statements, in the press, or in emails to constituents or refugee advocates.

Enjoy visiting this section, it hides more than 60 "red" section pages about Australian politics and politicians!

"WE shall determine who governs this country, and in which way they govern..."

Name in Bold Red Do NOT re-elect. Supports current refugee policies, is a collaborator, or may be liable for future prosecution and trial on criminal charges
Star StatusStar(s) & Name in Bold Black Has spoken out against Howard's refugee policies
Star StatusStar(s) & name set apart, above linked material Distinguished from the crowd through speeches and articles
peddles the illegal lie This MP or Senator peddles the 2001 deceptive lie of "illegals" or "illegal immigrants". See our election platform for an explanation.
This Article of the Convention is seriously breached by Australia's asylum seeker policies On our International Declaration of Human Rights page: click on this image to see details of how Australia breaches this Declaration.
Opposing candidate Click on this image next to the parliamentarian's name to reveal details of the challenge in the member's electorate at the 2004 election.
Marginal Seat Indicates that at the 2001 Federal election, this seat was won as a "marginal seat": indicating most likely a vulnerable status to the party who won the seat at that election. See list of marginal seats.
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Important Documents

Project SafeCom NOTE: we have serious reservations about the ALP's current asylum seeker policy as launched last year by Hon Simon Crean and Ms Julia Gillard, and in this criticism we join with Labor4Refugees. You can access some of their remarks about the Labor Policy through our web page "The struggle for Labor, the trouble with Labor". We look forward to the January 2004 National Conference, where the ALP will hopefully finally listen to what has been strongly endorsed by the ALP members in most State Conventions around Australia: to abandon the policy of mandatory detention.

The Hon Dick Adams, Member for Lyons

Star StatusMr Anthony Albanese, Member for Grayndler

"I don't support mandatory detention"

The Hon Kim Beazley, Member for Brand

"Beazley has no intention of rocking the boat on mandatory detention"

The Hon Arch Bevis, Member for BrisbaneMarginal Seat

Star StatusThe Hon Laurie Brereton, Member for Kingsford Smith

Ms Anna Burke, Member for ChisholmMarginal Seat

"....I oppose mandatory detention, I support mandatory detention..."

Mr Anthony Byrne, Member for Holt

Ms Ann Corcoran, Member for IsaacsMarginal Seat

Mr David Cox, Member for KingstonMarginal Seat

The Hon Simon Crean, Member for Hotham

The Hon Janice Crosio, Member for Prospect

Mr Michael Danby, Member for Melbourne PortsMarginal Seat

The Hon Graham Edwards, Member for CowanMarginal Seat

Ms Annette Ellis, Member for Canberra

Star StatusDr Craig Emerson, Member for Rankin

The wedge-master is at it again

Mr Martyn Evans, Member for Bonython

Mr Laurie Ferguson, Member for Reid

Mr Martin Ferguson, Member for Batman

Mr Joel Fitzgibbon, Member for Hunter

Ms Jennie George, Member for Throsby

Mr Steve Gibbons, Member for BendigoMarginal Seat

Ms Julia Gillard, Member for Lalor

Ms Sharon Grierson, Member for Newcastle

Mr Alan Griffin, Member for BruceMarginal Seat

Ms Jill Hall, Member for Shortland

Mr Michael Hatton, Member for Blaxland

Ms Kelly Hoare, Member for Charlton

Mrs Julia Irwin, Member for Fowler

Ms Sharryn Jackson, Member for HasluckMarginal Seat

Mr Harry Jenkins, Member for Scullin

Star StatusThe Hon Duncan Kerr, Member for Denison

Standing by Carmen Lawrence over asylum seekers

Ms Catherine King, Member for BallaratMarginal Seat

Mr Mark Latham, Member for Werriwa

Topsy-turvy stats: "90% of refugees who have their applications rejected, abscond"

Star StatusStar StatusStar StatusThe Hon Dr Carmen Lawrence, Member for Fremantle

Ms Kirsten Livermore, Member for Capricornia

Ms Jenny Macklin, Member for JagajagaMarginal Seat

Mr Robert McClelland, Member for Barton

Ms Jann McFarlane, Member for StirlingMarginal Seat

The Hon Leo McLeay, Member for Watson

Mr Bob McMullan, Member for Fraser

Mr Daryl Melham, Member for BanksMarginal Seat

Mr Frank Mossfield, Member for GreenwayMarginal Seat

Mr John Murphy, Member for LoweMarginal Seat

Ms Michelle O'Byrne, Member for BassMarginal Seat

Mr Brendan O'Connor, Member for BurkeMarginal Seat

Mr Gavan O'Connor, Member for Corio

Star StatusMs Tanya Plibersek, Member for Sydney

The Hon Roger Price, Member for Chifley

Mr Harry Quick, Member for Franklin

"mandatory detention is traumatic, inhumane and totally un-Australian"

Mr Bernie Ripoll, Member for Oxley

Star StatusMs Nicola Roxon, Member for Gellibrand

Shocked by the audacity of the Howard Government's approach

Mr Kevin Rudd, Member for GriffithMarginal Seat

Mr Rodney Sawford, Member for Port Adelaide

The Hon Con Sciacca, Member for BowmanMarginal Seat

Mr Bob Sercombe, Member for Maribyrnong

Mr Sid Sidebottom, Member for BraddonMarginal Seat

Mr Stephen Smith, Member for Perth

The Hon Warren Snowdon, Member for LingiariMarginal Seat

Mr Wayne Swan, Member for LilleyMarginal Seat

Star StatusMr Lindsay Tanner, Member for Melbourne

Mr Kelvin Thomson, Member for Wills

Ms Maria Vamvakinou, Member for Calwell

Mr Kim Wilkie, Member for SwanMarginal Seat

Mr Christian Zahra, Member for McMillanMarginal Seat

Country Liberal Party

Mr David Tollner, Member for Solomon


Star StatusMr Peter Andren, Member for Calare

peddles the illegal lie The Hon Robert Katter, Member for Kennedy

Mr Tony Windsor, Member for New England

Liberal Party of Australia

peddles the illegal lie The Hon Tony Abbott, Member for Warringah

The Hon Neil Andrew, Member for Wakefield

The Hon Kevin Andrews, Member for Menzies

The Hon Fran Bailey, Member for McEwenMarginal Seat

Michelle Grattan (The Age): It's the Marginals that matter

Star StatusThe Hon Bruce Baird, Member for Cook

Mr Bob Baldwin, Member for Paterson

Mr Phillip Barresi, Member for DeakinMarginal Seat

Michelle Grattan (The Age): It's the Marginals that matter

Mr Kerry Bartlett, Member for Macquarie

Mr Bruce Billson, Member for DunkleyMarginal Seat

Michelle Grattan (The Age): It's the Marginals that matter

The Hon Bronwyn Bishop, Member for Mackellar

The Hon Julie Bishop, Member for Curtin

peddles the illegal lie The Hon Mal Brough, Member for LongmanMarginal Seat

The Hon Alan Cadman, Member for Mitchell

The Hon Ross Cameron, Member for ParramattaMarginal Seat

Michelle Grattan (The Age): It's the Marginals that matter

Mr Bob Charles, Member for La TrobeMarginal Seat

Michelle Grattan (The Age): It's the Marginals that matter

Mr Steven Ciobo, Member for Moncrieff

The Hon Peter Costello, Member for Higgins

peddles the illegal lie The Hon Alexander Downer, Member for Mayo

Mrs Trish Draper, Member for MakinMarginal Seat

Michelle Grattan (The Age): It's the Marginals that matter

Mr Peter Dutton, Member for DicksonMarginal Seat

Michelle Grattan (The Age): It's the Marginals that matter

Mrs Kay Elson, Member for Forde

peddles the illegal lie The Hon Warren Entsch, Member for Leichhardt

Mr Pat Farmer, Member for Macarthur

The Hon Christine Gallus, Member for HindmarshMarginal Seat

Ms Teresa Gambaro, Member for PetrieMarginal Seat

Michelle Grattan (The Age): It's the Marginals that matter

Mrs Joanna Gash, Member for Gilmore

Star StatusMr Petro Georgiou, Member for Kooyong

Mr Barry Haase, Member for KalgoorlieMarginal Seat

peddles the illegal lie The Hon Gary Hardgrave, Member for MoretonMarginal Seat

Mr David Hawker, Member for Wannon

The Hon Joe Hockey, Member for North Sydney

peddles the illegal lie The Hon John Howard, Member for Bennelong

Mr Greg Hunt, Member for Flinders

Mr Michael Johnson, Member for Ryan

The Hon David Jull, Member for Fadden

The Hon Jackie Kelly, Member for LindsayMarginal Seat

Michelle Grattan (The Age): It's the Marginals that matter

The Hon Dr David Kemp, Member for Goldstein

Mr Peter King, Member for Wentworth (Malcolm Turnbull)

peddles the illegal lie Mrs Sussan Ley, Member for FarrerMarginal Seat

peddles the illegal lie Mr Peter Lindsay, Member for HerbertMarginal Seat

"...unauthorised arrivals, money-paying queue-jumpers, we take 33 'genuine' refugees per day..."

peddles the illegal lie Mr Jim Lloyd, Member for Robertson

The Hon Ian Macfarlane, Member for Groom

Mrs Margaret May, Member for McPherson

Mr Stewart McArthur, Member for CorangamiteMarginal Seat

Michelle Grattan (The Age): It's the Marginals that matter

Star StatusThe Hon Judi Moylan, Member for Pearce

Mr Gary Nairn, Member for Eden-MonaroMarginal Seat Opposing candidate

The Hon Dr Brendan Nelson, Member for Bradfield

Ms Sophie Panopoulos, Member for Indi

Mr Chris Pearce, Member for Aston

The Hon Geoffrey Prosser, Member for Forrest

The Hon Christopher Pyne, Member for Sturt

Mr Don Randall, Member for CanningMarginal Seat

Michelle Grattan (The Age): It's the Marginals that matter

peddles the illegal lie The Hon Philip Ruddock, Member for Berowra

Mr Alby Schultz, Member for Hume

Star StatusMr Patrick Secker, Member for Barker

The Hon Peter Slipper, Member for Fisher

Mr Tony Smith, Member for Casey

The Hon Alexander Somlyay, Member for Fairfax

Dr Andrew Southcott, Member for Boothby

The Hon Dr Sharman Stone, Member for Murray

"TPV holders not sent back to war or persecution and given long-term Australian future"

Mr Cameron Thompson, Member for Blair

Mr Ken Ticehurst, Member for DobellMarginal Seat

peddles the illegal lie The Hon Wilson Tuckey, Member for O'Connor

The Hon Danna Vale, Member for Hughes

Mr Barry Wakelin, Member for Grey

Dr Mal Washer, Member for Moore

The Hon Daryl Williams, Member for Tangney

The Hon Trish Worth, Member for AdelaideMarginal Seat

compassionate to 'the queue': not advocating policy change because of "genuine refugees"


peddles the illegal lie The Hon John Anderson, Member for Gwydir Opposing candidate

peddles the illegal lie The Hon Larry Anthony, Member for Richmond

The Hon Ian Causley, Member for Page

Mr John Cobb, Member for Parkes

Star StatusMr John Forrest, Member for Mallee

Mr Luke Hartsuyker, Member for Cowper

Star StatusMrs Kay Hull, Member for Riverina

The Hon De-Anne Kelly, Member for Dawson

The Hon Peter McGauran, Member for Gippsland

Mr Paul Neville, Member for Hinkler

The Hon Bruce Scott, Member for Maranoa

The Hon Warren Truss, Member for Wide Bay

The Hon Mark Vaile, Member for Lyne