Letters to Tyranny #67

Dear Prime Minister,

The issue of refugees makes me afraid. Not fear of refugees, but fear of what Australia's treatment of refugees is doing to Australia now, and what it might lead to in the future. The practises of repression and brutality, meted out to detainees on Manus and Christmas Islands and Nauru, have been encouraged in the DIBP and in its contracted agents. I am afraid that these practises will appear in the actions of other arms of government and will be directed towards more and more Australians: dissidents, educators, journalists, etc.

I protest against the offshore detention of asylum seekers for the brutality and illegality toward its immediate victims, and I also protest against it because of the damage it does to Australia and for the precedence it sets.

Bring them here

Ruth Halbert