Dear Prime Minister,

Your claim that the refugees on Manus Island are under the control of Senator McKim and Australian advocates is as insulting to the refugees as it is ludicrous. It also means that you believe Senator McKim has more control over the situation than you and Minister Dutton do.

How versatile these refugees are: they are over-entitled country shoppers yet they are poor souls, they act of their own accord yet they are manipulated by greenies, they will dole bludge and steal jobs, they are illiterate and they win international journalism awards, they are violent criminals yet they have protested peacefully for 98 days.

You try to dehumanise the refugees for your own political ends. The situation on Manus is a humanitarian crisis. What is the point that is too far for you? How many will you let die?

Bring them to safety and freedom now.