Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

I am call­ing on the politi­cians and peo­ple of conscience – whichever party they rep­re­sent to ap­ply pres­sure on the Prime Min­is­ter (who claims to be a Chris­tian) – to take com­pas­sion­ate ac­tion now re­gard­ing the sit­u­a­tion at Manus.

Those refugees and asy­lum seek­ers on Manus have suf­fered tremen­dously for four years.

They fled per­se­cu­tion in their home­land (the likes of which most peo­ple here in Aus­tralia can­not imag­ine) only to be fur­ther per­se­cuted by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment and the Pa­pua New Guinea lo­cal peo­ple.

I re­mind the politi­cians and the com­mu­nity that the Pa­pua New Guinea Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice has said he can­not guar­an­tee the refugees’ safety should they do as the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment is forc­ing them to, and move into the com­mu­nity.

The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment is re­spon­si­ble for their on­go­ing per­se­cu­tions and will be cul­pa­ble for the out­come of this lat­est hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.

I ask you to put your­self in the refugees’ sit­u­a­tion. They have re­peat­edly been tar­geted, shot at, at­tacked and in­jured and killed by Pa­pua New Guinea lo­cals and au­thor­i­ties.

So it is un­der­stand­able that they are afraid to move into the com­mu­nity with no pro­tec­tion.

I re­peat: the Pa­pua New Guinea Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice has said he can­not guar­an­tee the refugees safety should they do as the gov­ern­ment is forc­ing them to – move into the com­mu­nity. Bring them here to Aus­tralia.

They have suf­fered enough . AN­DREA CAL­LAGHAN, Hil­ton

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