People must be the judge
How disgraceful that Kenneth Hayne, of the banking royal commission, was a part of the 2004 High Court AlKateb v Godwin decision that a stateless person can be locked up forever. He may well be doing a good job now, but he should have recused himself rather than make such an appalling, anti-human-rights decision (Richard Ackland, “Hayne and able”, April 28–May 4). As usual, it is your paper that is breaking the silence on the violation of the human rights of refugees. Thanks to the Refugee Action Coalition, Greens Senator Nick McKim made public in Sydney what he had seen on Manus Island last year when the men resisted Australian-sponsored violence with fortitude and ethics. McKim talked about a royal commission that would one day hold both parties to account. I think we cannot wait that long. We need a people’s commission that will counter this creeping fascism, and hold past and present governments to account for their violation of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. I suggest the major religious institutions and professional groups step forward. I would help in any way I can. We cannot wait for a royal commission. We need our own as soon as possible.
– Stephen Langford, Paddington, NSW