Dear Prime Minister,
Let's leave aside Australia's treatment of refugees and focus on Australia's reputation. Is the Pacific region an important region for Australia? Do we want to develop strong relationships with Pacific nations? How can Australia be seen as a leader in the Pacific when the Pacific nations know how Australia is behaving in PNG and Nauru?
You have received a letter from Australians working in the Pacific region which points out the hypocrisy of trying to present Australia as a model for health and governance when Australia violates human rights in PNG and Nauru. The letter calls on you:
These concerns in the Pacific are being echoed around the world: the United Nations, Ireland, Djibouti, Portugal, USA. What will it take for you to act?