OUR Federal Government punishes refugees. We only need to consider Australia’s Regional ‘Processing’ Centre in Nauru, labelled by Amnesty International Australia’s Island of Despair, or look at what has happened on Manus Island to see how our Government believes it is morally acceptable to abandon refugees in a country facing environmental destruction, whose government, business and humanitarian groups consider to be one of the world’s most corrupt and authoritarian, where journalists can be attacked by police and plainclothed men with sling shots and sten guns: Cambodia.
Do the words in our national anthem “for those who’ve come across the sea we’ve boundless plains to share” have meaning any more?
Does Australia really deserve its new seat on the UN Human Rights Council?
It’s all very well to compaign for human rights but what credibility can a nation hold when it treats those who flee oppression, civil war, terrorism and persecution so differently from the standards it represents outside its borders?
The Federal Government’s current policy around refugees can no longer be sustained, it is found morally wanting.
When organisations such as Amnesty International are criticising Australian policy and practices there is something seriously wrong.
We need to have a thorough and open debate in this country around these issues and also how we recognise and treat the First Peoples of our nation. SASHA TODHUNTER Wannanup