Malaysia Proposal Issues

Jun 14, 2011

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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