Meg Pickup, Ballina
Actor Rhys Muldoon’s tweet – ‘Ivan Milat being treated better than asylum seekers. That stings,’ – says much.
Australia treats our most notorious serial killer more humanely than refugees.
Two examples support this. The Morrison government lends a tin ear to reports of at least 23 cases of self-harm among refugees on Manus since May 18. The Lorengau hospital, unable to cope with the increase, turned the most recent cases away, sending them to a clinic.
In Melbourne Kurdish man Sadoullah Malakooti and his three young daughters live in fear of becoming homeless. This follows the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) payment they received being stopped in April this year and with their mounting bills they have been disconnected.
A year ago the Department of Home Affairs stopped their family payment. Last year their Medicare cards were not renewed when they expired. Sadoullah is not allowed to work. He awaits a reply to his application to the Federal Court for his refugee protection claim to be reviewed. If we have an obligation to serial killers we have the same obligation to refugees, people who do us no harm.