White South African farmers

Dear Prime Minister,

Peter Dutton, anxious about losing his seat at the next election, wants to import some voters to shore up his numbers. It seems however that the white South African farmers are not interested. How much damage to Australian-South African relations has Peter Dutton done with his comments about South Africa being 'not civilised'?

Australia has been locking up legitimate refugees on Nauru and Manus Island for the better part of two decades, trying, absurdly, to resettle them in Cambodia and Papua New Guinea, and offering them cash bribes to return to the countries they fled. Not only would that brutal treatment never be dished out to white South African farmers, but we are now proactively trying to add them to our humanitarian intake.
Australia’s disgraceful record of politicising refugee issues has rarely been more brazenly displayed.

Sack Dutton now.

Australia's slave trade

Dear Prime Minister,

On 12 March the sixth group of refugees was flown from Nauru to the US: seven men. Of the 2000+ refugees in offshore detention, only 146 have been sent to the US. These few have a chance to restart their lives, despite isolation and the financial burden of having to repay their airfares. But as Ai Wei Wei says the refugee swap with the US is

a complete insult to the understanding of refugees. It’s exactly like slave trading. You cannot deal with human beings by violating their [rights].
— Ai Wei Wei

He goes on to say:

If it’s not solved, it’s simply because we don’t want to solve it, because we benefit from the situation. Other people’s suffering and desperation is beneficial, so if those questions are not being answered, we will never solve the problem.
— Ai Wei Wei

Australia is responsible for Manus Island and Nauru detention centres

Dear Prime Minister,

Australia has “clear and undeniable” responsibility for the physical and psychological damage its illegal offshore detention regime has caused to asylum seekers and refugees, a senior UN official has said.
— Ben Doherty -
The punitive approach adopted by Australia towards migrants who arrived by boat has served to erode their human rights”, Mr. Crépeau said at the end of his first official visit* to Australia. “It is a fundamental principle of human rights law that one person cannot be punished only for the reason of deterring another.
— François Crépeau -

Read the full report here:

Close the camps and bring them here.

End offshore detention #317

Dear Prime Minister,

Behrouz Boochani spoke at a conference in Geneva on 9 June.

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a conference about human rights and Australia’s harsh policy in Manus and Nauru in Geneva. I explained something about life in Manus prison, the history of the policy and the refugees who have died under the policy. I explained something about the deal between Australia and America and how they are planning to use the deal to keep this policy in place in PNG cities. I talked about how we have been living under a situation where we are not safe, and the recent shooting. At the end of my speech I asked the global society to help us make a challenge against Australia in the international courts, because the Australian and PNG courts have so far not been able to produce justice for the refugees. We have been without access to any justice and law. The session I spoke in was also presented by representatives from the UN, Amnesty and the Refugee Council of Australia. Representatives from other countries also spoke at the conference.

Close the camps and bring them here.

Only if they are at point of death

Dear Prime Minister,

An asylum seeker on Nauru who needed knee surgery was finally sent, after many months, not to Australia but to a hospital in Papua New Guinea. When DIBP has been asked about this and similar cases it says that the Government of Nauru determines who gets transferred to Australia for medical treatment. Leaked documents from IHMS show this to be a lie. It is the Australian Border Force who controls the Government of Nauru and prevents asylum seekers from being flown to Australia. Patients will only be transferred if they are at risk of permanent disability or death.

Stop the torture. Close the camps. Bring them here.

No health care on Nauru

Dear Prime Minister

Listen to the recorded conversation between a refugee on Nauru and his doctor, who has tried for 10 months to get him an urgent MRI. The doctor says 'the medical system here is broken.'

Mark Colvin said, in his interview with Richard Fidler, to ask the simple questions. Good advice.

Who benefits when the Nauru hospital refuses to provide refugee patients with prescribed healthcare?

How much is the Government of Nauru paid to deny overseas referrals for gravely ill refugees?