Newly-elected independent MP Kylea Tink has called on the Labor government to end the poor treatment of refugees and do more to uphold human rights.
Australia must do better on human rights and the treatment of refugees, a newly elected independent MP says.
Kylea Tink, who won the North Sydney federal seat traditionally held by the Liberals, said her electorate wants greater equality for women, First Nations people and those who have sought refuge in Australia.
“Hear me when I say: the people of North Sydney want politics done differently,” she told parliament during her first speech on Wednesday.
“We believe everyone deserves a fair go, no matter their background and we are prepared to work hard to ensure that people have the support they need.”
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Australia's immigration detention regime goes much further than border protection; effectively punishing those who flee to our country in the desperate hope of refuge, Kylea says.
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Kylea has asked for more time to consider Labor's "Closing Loopholes" industrial reforms, noting that the community is uneasy with the pace and scale of the proposed changes. Crossbench MPs are arguing that rushing the legislation through the chamber could have unintended consequences on small business and the economy.
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