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The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

Mor­ri­son re­cently de­liv­ered an apol­ogy to the many peo­ple who suf­fered in­sti­tu­tion­alised sex­ual abuse.

Why, there­fore, did the PM have such a blind spot for chil­dren on Nauru? Their con­di­tions are so ap­palling that many wit­nesses have la­belled them child abuse.

This is the man who re­fused to take sick chil­dren and their fam­i­lies off the is­land, and op­posed their med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion re­quir­ing court or­ders to com­pel their re­moval.

It’s pos­si­ble these chil­dren will phys­i­cally sur­vive these con­di­tions, but we know from other sur­vivors that they may suf­fer psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues for the re­main­der of their lives.

Sud­denly Mr Mor­ri­son’s apol­ogy sounds hol­low and in­sin­cere.

This is a pity be­cause given his role in their suf­fer­ing, he’s go­ing to need to make many more apolo­gies in fu­ture if, in­deed, he man­ages to sur­vive an elec­tion. An elec­tion loss and the need to con­front the cru­elty of this pol­icy will, no doubt, make him very sorry in­deed.

YVETTE DEMPSEY, CAR­RARA

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