We would all have seen the news that a refugee has been killed while in detention and that the Department of Immigration has released personal details of thousands of refugees, thereby exposing them and their families back home to torture, imprisonment and murder.
In spite of the government’s attempts at secrecy, news is leaking out about a department in dysfunctional lockdown. Nothing is being processed properly. Department policy has led to hunger strikes, self harm, and imprisonment of over 1,000 children, which has caused the AMA to seek child protection charges against Minister Morrison. Over 20,000 poor souls are now in limbo with no hope of settlement or chance to go home.
Australia completely dishonours its responsibilities under the refugee treaties it signed and has become a sad joke among other democracies. Australia has the most vicious and draconian policies of all. This is while having the most capacity to accommodate unfortunate refugees.
Recent arrivals are given no assistance, legal aid, chance of work or hope of family reunion, and face forced repatriation. This is in spite the fact that over 90 per cent of arrivals are shown to be genuine refugees. Medical care has to come from the Red Cross.
Liberal policy is largely supported by Labor so it is the responsibility of the Greens and independent press, such as The Echo, to keep us informed. Or are we to try, like postwar Germans, to pretend we didn’t know and hypocritically keep trying to believe in the Australian national anthem: ‘For those who’ve come across the seas/ We’ve boundless plains to share.’
Ron Priestley , Darwin