Rep­u­ta­tion ru­ined by Manus ac­tions

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial - – Judyth Wat­son, Palmyra, WA – Al­lan Gib­son, Cher­ry­brook, NSW

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.

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