Letters to Tyranny #52

Dear Prime Minister,

My main concern with offshore detention is the terrible damage it has done and continues to do to the victims detained there. But there are many other problems which are getting worse. The companies that the Australian government has contracted to provide (or fail to provide) services in the camps are one-by-one withdrawing despite the vast amounts of money ($5.6 BILLION) spent on them. After Ferrovial/Broadspectrum and Wilson Security withdrew earlier this year now Connect Settlement Services have also announced that they quit. Meanwhile the Australian National Audit Office has written a damning report on DIBP. There is no single aspect of offshore detention which is acceptable: in terms of cost, morality or for Australia's international reputation.

Close the camps. Bring them here.

Ruth Halbert