No family values

Dear Prime Minister,

While you claim credit for the Same Sex Marriage Bill, you continue to destroy the families of people imprisoned in offshore detention. All have siblings and parents who fear they may never see their loved ones again. Even worse, in an act of unbelievable cruelty by Minister Dutton, is the forced 'choice' that men on Nauru must make: to stay imprisoned on Nauru forever while their wives and children remain in Australia for medical treatment or to relinquish custody of their children and abandon their wives so as to take a chance of resettlement alone in USA.

Family unity is a fundamental principle of international and Australian domestic law. Australia is a party to the convention on the rights of the child, which states that children have a right to know and be cared for by their parents, and should grow up in a family environment wherever possible. It is also a party to the international covenant on civil and political rights, which says the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state.

End the torture. Bring all people detained on Manus Island and Nauru to safety and freedom now.