Peter Dutton

cruel, inhuman and degrading

Dear Prime Minister,

How is Dutton still Minister for Immigration after the poisonous drivel he unleashed on the 52 refugees who escaped his 'cruel, inhuman and degrading' regime?

'Economic refugee' is an oxymoron.

The vast waste of tax payers' money, including more than $1 billion unaccounted for, has brought nothing but disruption to the democracies and cultures of PNG and Nauru, ill-health, injury, mental illness and death to the detainees and anguish to their families, friends and advocates.

Bring all the men, women and children trapped on Manus Island and Nauru to freedom and safety now.

The 4th reply from DIBP

This is the fourth letter I have received from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. I have not yet received any reply from the Prime Minister.

This is the text of the letter:

Dear Ms Halbert

Thank you for your correspondence of 10, 11 and 12 April 2017 to the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, concerning the detainee known as ‘Saeed’, as well as the Australian Government’s regional processing and settlement arrangements in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Your correspondence has been referred to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection as the matters raised fall within his portfolio responsibilities. The Minister appreciates the time you have taken to bring these matters to his attention and has asked that I reply on his behalf.

In order to protect privacy, under the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988, it would be inappropriate for me to provide detailed information about the particular circumstances of ‘Saeed’.

While I cannot provide specific details about his case, I can confirm that this individual is receiving appropriate care for his needs, and his immigration detention placement is appropriate to his circumstances.

The  Migration Act 1958 requires applicants to establish a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion in all areas of their home country. People who are found to be refugees must also satisfy health, character and security checks before they can be granted a visa.

People who are found not to be refugees in Australia have been appropriately assessed to determine whether they engage Australia’s protection obligations. Where an asylum seeker is found not to engage Australia’s protection obligations and has exhausted all administrative and judicial avenues for appeal, they have no lawful basis for remaining in Australia and are therefore expected to depart. Those who do not depart voluntarily will be subject to removal from Australia. Removals occur only after all processing has been completed and do not occur where this would place Australia in breach of its international obligations relating to the return of non-citizens.

People transferred and accommodated at the Manus Regional Processing Centre (RPC) are treated with respect and dignity and in accord with human rights standards. The Australian Government has contracted appropriately trained and experienced service providers to ensure that residents’ needs are adequately met, including the provision of health and welfare services.

Good quality, nutritious, culturally appropriate food is provided and served three times daily. Beverages and snacks are available at all times. Special meals are prepared for religious festivals and cultural or medical reasons.

Residents at the Manus RPC are supplied with ample clothing for daily needs. Where new or extra clothing is needed, the service provider will purchase and supply these items without charge. Toiletries are supplied as required.

The Government of PNG is responsible for processing the protection claims of people transferred to the Manus RPC. People found to be refugees can settle in PNG and may also be considered for resettlement in the United States.

People found not to be refugees are encouraged to return to their country of origin or to a third country where they have a right to reside. Substantial assistance is available to help people return home voluntarily and re-establish their lives. Non-refugees who do not depart voluntarily are liable to removal by the PNG Government. The Australian Government will support PNG in these arrangements.

The Government of PNG, with Australia’s support, is working towards the closure of the Manus RPC by 31 October 2017. After this date, Australia will cease to have an ongoing role in regional processing arrangements in PNG.

The scheduled closure of the Manus RPC does not change the Australian Government’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of Australia’s borders and combatting maritime people smuggling. The regional processing and settlement arrangements in Nauru will continue and Australia will retain an enduring regional processing capacity in that country. Neither refugees nor non-refugees will be settled in Australia.

The Government remains to regional processing and resettlement and stopping the scourge of people smugglers and deaths at sea.

Thank you for bringing your views to the Government’s attention.

Yours sincerely
— Director ABF Ministerial Correspondence Section Support Group - Australia Border Force 22 May 2017

End offshore detention #233

Dear Prime Minister,

Peter Dutton is responsible for what goes on (and what fails) in Manus Island and Nauru detention centres. Why have you not held him to account? Every week new depravations are inflicted to make conditions worse and worse.

And so we see that the Manus Island detainees, after sustained provocation, rioted in one of the messes on the weekend. 

You are complicit, Prime Minister. Stop Dutton and DIBP from perpetrating the atrocity of offshore detention. There will be a reckoning.

For the 217th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

The two immigration bills (“visa ban bill”, formally the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 and Migration Amendment (Visa Revalidation and Other Measures) Bill 2016) currently before Federal parliament are frightening. They give the Immigration Minister even more power to make decisions without government accountability and beyond the review of the courts. He will be able to act for political, personal or corrupt reasons. I am concerned for the suffering that may further be inflicted on immigrants and asylum seekers. I am also afraid that people who wish to use these corruptible flaws in Australia's immigration system for their own purposes will have increased opportunity to do so.

For the 202nd man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

Now that we have further evidence of DIBP's illegal actions, this time in deliberately preventing people who have qualified for citizenship from taking the final step of swearing their oath of citizenship, will you act to remove Minister Dutton from the immigration portfolio and cause a complete overhaul of DIBP? Both Australians and people rightfully seeking refuge here have been greatly damaged by DIBP and Minister Dutton's illegal actions. Please act on this immediately.

For the 112th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

I want these letters to draw attention to each of the individuals all currently detained and tortured on Manus Island and Nauru by Australia.

But today I must strongly protest to you about Minister Dutton's racist and inflammatory discussion with Andrew Bolt where he used emotive language to vilify groups of Australians as criminals and potential terrorists based on their or their parents' country of origin. His comments are gossipy speculation aimed to increase public anxiety and he is handing certain minority groups up for blame and potential racist targeting. Does Dutton use Mein Kampf as an instruction manual?

I call on you to apologise to the Australian people whom Dutton has so dangerously slandered and to sack him immediately.

Australia's shame

#95 Dear Prime Minister,

Have you listened to any of the outcry over your cruel and insane lifetime ban of offshore detainees? Perhaps it is difficult to hear amongst the din rising from the ever-increasing pile of mistakes, evasions and lies that have accumulated since your election.

Stop this cynical misuse of parliament. End offshore detention and meet Australia's obligations towards the people who have asked us for asylum

End offshore detention #93. Bring them here.

Dear Prime Minister,

Your announcement today, with Minister Dutton, that the people on Manus Island and Nauru will never be settled in or let into Australia is as mean and obvious as it is pointless.

One Nation's misdirected focus on refugees and migrants as the source of the fear and pain its supporters genuinely feel is a gift for you isn't it? Instead of addressing the real, more difficult issues, such as job security, decline in manufacturing and primary industries, decline of rural areas, lack of services, housing unaffordability, etc, you can punish 1700 voiceless people hidden thousands of kilometres away, and witter on about border security and battles of will.

Why won't you do some real work and devise policies to change Australia's distribution of wealth, to provide proper health and education services and support a wide range of small and medium businesses and government organisations to provide secure, well paid jobs and affordable housing for all Australians?

End offshore detention. Bring them here #86

Dear Prime Minister,

The 86th detainee, whose name is Mr XXX XXX, has been on Manus Island for 40 months. His rights for freedom and autonomy have been dangerously interfered with by Australia's cruel and illegal regime of offshore detention. What are you waiting for, Mr Turnbull? Every agency, organisation and country who have even modest humanitarian expectations have condemned our offshore detention of refugees. Minister Dutton accuses these protestors as having "drunk the Kool Aid". Yet it is he, and by association you, who perform a farcical charade of denial.

Close the offshore detention camps and bring them here.