Q. If Australia sends asylum seekers to Malaysia, how important are the following issues?
|Very important||Somewhat important||Not very important||Not at all important||Don’t know|
|There must be a guarantee that asylum seekers are not be subject to cruel or inhumane treatment||58%||21%||9%||9%||4%|
|There must be safeguards against the development of mental health problems in detention||41%||32%||13%||9%||5%|
|The plan should have approval from the United Nations||37%||29%||14%||15%||6%|
|All countries involved should be signatories to the United Nations Refugee Convention||41%||27%||13%||12%||8%|
|Children arriving in Australia on their own should not be sent to other countries||36%||25%||14%||12%||12%|
All issues were considered important by a majority of respondents. The most important issue concerning the proposal to send asylum seekers to Malaysia was that “there must be a guarantee that asylum seekers are not be subject to cruel or inhumane treatment” – 58% said this was very important.
There were major differences by gender – in particular on the issues that “there must be a guarantee that asylum seekers are not be subject to cruel or inhumane treatment” (very important – men 49%, women 66%) and “There must be safeguards against the development of mental health problems in detention” (very important – men 33%, women 49%)
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