Reputation ruined by Manus actions
Thank you, Imran Mohammad, for your lucid and terrible description of life on Manus (“Alone and abandoned”, October 28-November 3) as the government prepares with stunning precision to remove those few physical requirements we all need. Apart from food, water and shelter, every attempt is being made to remove any semblance of safety and the rule of law. It is untenable that the requests for the freedom to live safely is met like this. Readers will have noted Imran is a Rohingya man and question how much he and others can be expected to bear. What is it that makes Minister Dutton impervious to the consequences of his orders? He has certainly added to notions that he, with the complicity of the cabinet, has trashed Australia’s international reputation. We used to be viewed as a contributing global citizen. Given these conditions of persecution and deliberate breaches of numerous rights, I dare say an immigration lawyer would have enough material to make a compelling case for asylum for all detained on Manus. Imran retains his dignity; Dutton has none. Like so many Australians I am affronted and ashamed that our government can shrug off its obligations and so readily abandon all
Manus asylum seekers and refugees to danger. British. Time for everyone to disclose their hand before parliament collapses like a house of cards, jokers included.