Letters to Tyranny #37

Dear Prime Minister,

In the New York Times' opinion piece on 30 August, Julia Baird describes the cruel and hopeless situation of refugees on Nauru and Manus Island, including that of the Mr XXX XXX from XXX, the 37th asylum seeker on Manus Island.

We push refugees back into Indonesian waters so that they die out of our sight. We hold refugees in indefinite offshore detention in illegal inhumane conditions and make it a jail-able offence for revealing the abuse funded by us. We mishandle relations with our neighbours who we should be working with to find solutions to processing refugees. Successive Australian governments have piled fear-mongering upon pandering to xenophobia upon demonising upon racist inhumanity.

Will you show leadership by finding new humane and generous solutions for asylum seekers and free the people on Manus Island and Nauru?

Yours faithfully

Ruth Halbert