children in detention

He is only ten years old

Dear Prime Minister,

I cannot believe I live in a country where a letter like this is necessary. Your Minister of Home Affairs tried to block life-saving tertiary psychiatric care for a ten-year-old child who has been suicidal since 2013. This is the second court case Minister Dutton's department has lost recently over the acute medical care urgently needed for children detained on Nauru.

The judge ruled that Australia “held a duty of care” to the boy and his family as the entity that had placed them on the island and which ran the offshore processing centre and the regime that held them.
— Ben Doherty, The Guardian Australia

This comes after Dr Nick Martin's damning revelations of how medical care for refugees is routinely blocked.

Every clinical decision that you made was being questioned by a non-medic. I had never had that in the forces. Your expertise and your autonomy was respected in the Royal Navy but in [Australia’s] border force you did absolutely feel there was a political influence on the clinical cases.
— Dr Nick Martin

I have previously written a number of letters to you about the dangerously inadequate healthcare for refugees on both Nauru and Manus Island. What action will you take to ensure all outstanding medical treatments are delivered immediately to the refugees?

ABF head sacked

Dear Prime Minister,

After 11 months suspension (on full salary) Roman Quaedvlieg is sacked for making 'wilfully or recklessly false statements.'

After Priya's visa renewal didn't arrive in the mail on time, she, her husband and their two baby daughters were imprisoned by ABF within 5 HOURS of their deadline.

Where is justice?

Satire?

Dear Prime Minister.

Dutton went on to explain why it is so important to deport migrants the moment they show signs of struggling in their dealings with the bureaucracy that makes up the immigration department.
“This week, we opened up a job that was undeservedly given to someone who was unable to travel 1800 kilometres to Sydney and update his Visa in time. That’s one less working class family that doesn’t deserve to be living in Biloela, by birthright. If there are any other unorganised subcontintentals hiding in the 15,729 square kilometres that make up the Banana Shire … We will find you and we will send you back to the political unrest in which you desperately fled in search of a better life sweeping up cow guts.”
— Betoota Advocate

Young family in danger

Dear Prime Minister,

Yesterday I wrote to you about Nadesalingam, Priya and their baby daughters. 

They have lived in Biloela for four years – Nadesalingam is employed at the town’s meat works – and are well regarded in the close-knit community which has rallied to have them returned since they had been moved.
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Despite having a valid court action under way, Border Force officials raided the family’s house at 5am the day after Priya’s visa expired.
— https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/14/tamil-asylum-seeker-family-remains-in-australia-after-last-minute-reprieve

Two more children locked in detention by Minister Dutton's department. Hold him to account.

For the women of Nauru

Dear Prime Minister,

On March 8 Michele Feinberg wrote:

Today, March 8, is also International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate our achievements and hard won freedoms. When we say ‘leave no woman behind’. However, there are some women who are left behind. These are the women who our government has incarcerated for nearly five years on Nauru and in Immigration Detention in Australia. They include women who have suffered sexual and physical abuse while in our ‘care’. They include women who have given birth alone because our Government refused to allow their partners to attend the birth. They are women denied access to adequate medical care. They are women who are forced to live apart from their husbands or children. They include women denied timely and safe abortions. They are women whose health suffers because they still live in mouldy tents. They include women who have succumbed to self harm and mental illness because of our government has stolen their hope and their futures. Malcolm Turnbull pays lip service to the need to afford women safety and respect. Yet he affords this group of women neither safety nor respect. He affords them only danger, cruelty, neglect, suffering, and vilification. Ring Malcolm Turnbull (02 6277 7700) today and tell him that he has no right to partake of our celebrations while our sisters in Immigration Detention still suffer at his hands.
— Michele Feinberg
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To the person who opens and reads these letters at the PM's office: I imagine that not one of the letters I have written so far to the Prime Minister (591) has been seen by him. Please show him this one. If he won't look at it, ask yourself 'Do I want to be working for a system which allows this to happen? Should my income and career depend partly on women and children being locked up on Nauru?'

Suicidal child

Dear Prime Minister,

It has taken a Federal Court order to force the Commonwealth to save the life of a young girl. Health professionals, aid agencies, humanitarian organisations, advocates and refugees have struggled for years to get proper healthcare for the children on Nauru. Apparently Minister Dutton does not care if a child commits suicide.

Judge Bernard Murphy said:

The injury or damage the applicant may suffer if an injunction is refused — death or a further serious deterioration in her health — carries far more weight in the balance than the wasted expenditure the Commonwealth may suffer if an injunction is granted.
— http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-09/nauru-refugee-to-be-transferred-to-australia-over-suicide-risk/9416276

Sack Minister Dutton. End offshore detention. Bring all asylum seekers to freedom and safety now.

Ill Newborn

Dear Prime Minister,

On 28th January I wrote to you about baby Melvin, born on Nauru 3 weeks earlier and gravely ill. He and his mother were sent 'home' to their camp on Nauru. However the baby is still unwell, His navel is still bleeding, he cries from pain and does not sleep. His mother cannot get medication to treat him, not even antiseptic ointment to prevent another infection.

How does withholding medical treatment from a newborn benefit Australia's security?

Free the children

Dear Prime Minister,

We need to remind everyone – especially the politicians — about the plight of the children and families on Nauru. Mandatory detention is a denial of fundamental human rights.

We need to strongly reinforce the message that there are over 150 children detained on Nauru – not behind barbed wire, but they are still there, detained, robbed of their childhood and being used as political pawns. Here is a breakdown of the numbers of children in the 6 camps, as of October 25, 2017:

OPC 3 Camp – 52 children
EWA Camp – 22 children, aged from 2 to 18 years
Nibok Camp – 20 children, aged from 1 to 15 years
Anibare Camp – 3 children, aged 7 months, 2 years, 12 years
Ejoo Camp – 12 children including four 2 year-olds
Anijo Camp – approx. 51 children, aged 6 months to 18 years.

More than 150 children on Nauru. Nauru has become an island prison.
— Grandmothers against Detention of Refugee Children, Ballarat and Bendigo