This is the third letter I have received from DIBP. The cursory way in which the case of Mr Faysal Ishak Ahmed is written about is distressing.
More than half of the content of this letter is identical to parts of the first and second letters I have received. None of the three letters address the questions I have asked the Prime Minister.
This letter, like the previous ones, continues a mixture of 'weasel' words (e.g. 'the Department is not aware of', 'transferees', 'healthcare broadly consistent with Australian public health standards') meaningless generalisations and outright lies. For example, 'Australia assists PNG to provide refugees with settlement support services to assist with integration.' Although PNG has signed the UN Refugee Convention (in 1986) it did so with 7 reservations and has not made changes to its laws to ensure that refugees are treated according to that convention. DIBP knows full well that when it says that refugees are free to settle in PNG it is impossible both for the refugees to do so and be protected by the law, and for the local Papua New Guineans to have the resources and infrastructure to support them to do that. Australia is expecting a small country still in early stages of its own development to do something that we can both afford and have the multicultural history to support.
Another mix of weaselling and lying is in the paragraph about intake of refugees:
We have only taken 6000 of the Syrian refugees so far, and the word 'welcoming' stretches credulity. Australia took in 15,000 asylum seekers in 2015-16 which in a country of 24,000,000 is only 0.06% of the population. In the same period, Sweden took in 150,000 which is 1.5% of their population. To match that we could take in 360,000 refugees. The DIBP correspondent fails to admit that most refugees are only granted Temporary Protection Visas and are in a jobless, insecure limbo. There are still 25,000 people on Bridging Visas waiting for an outcome of their application process which seems to have stalled.