waste of taxpayers money

Will Australia settle or be sued?

Dear Prime Minister,

The huge class action of 1905 current and former detainees on Manus Island who are suing the Australian Government starts today. The lead plaintiff is Mr Majid Kamasaei. This is why he is suing Australia:

an Iranian man, Majid Kamasaei, who was held in the Manus Island offshore ‘processing centre’ for 11 months before he was transferred to Melbourne. When a teenager in Iran, he suffered severe burns to his face, rescuing his brother from a fire. When he arrived at Manus Island his prescribed medications (necessary to keep the scar tissues on his face and neck from cracking and contracting) were confiscated, his condition deteriorated and he alleges that he was denied medical treatment. He claims the lack of treatment was used as a tactic to pressurise him, with staff telling him that he could either return to Iran and resume his medical treatments there – or wait on Manus Island for his asylum application to be processed, with no treatment in the meantime.
— http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/manus-island-class-action-australias-shame-world-stage/

The claim of the class action is that

the detainees suffered physical and psychological injuries due to negligence by the defendants in the provision of (a) food and water; (b) accommodation; (c) healthcare services; and (d) security
— http://thejusticegap.com/2017/06/manus-island-class-action-australias-shame-world-stage/

A further purpose of the action is to publicly reveal the extent of Australia's shameful mistreatment and torture of the men detained on Manus Island.

What will the Australian government do, Prime Minister, settle or be sued? At what cost?

DIBP's contempt of parliament

Dear Prime Minister,

Given the huge amount of money DIBP spends and the reach of its power it is frightening that it treated parliament with contempt by refusing to provide information to the Senate inquiry into offshore detention of refugees. We have a department with power over many thousands of peoples lives, interfering with the sovereignty of two other countries and it acts in secrecy.

When will you hold Minister Dutton and the DIBP to account? Australia's immigration and refugee policies must be remade, for fairness, justice and transparency.

For the 205th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

New Zealand has offered again to take some of the refugees from our offshore detention prisons. Why have you not accepted? Your statement "This offer from NZ has been available for some time and it is one that we appreciate but our focus is on completing the arrangements with the United States." makes no sense. Why does the resettlement offer from the United States preclude the New Zealand offer, especially as even if the US take the full number in the agreement (1250) there will still be refugees left behind who will need to be given asylum.

Of course, you could always do the right, low-cost, legal thing and resettle them in Australia.

For the 179th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of the 179th man on Manus Island, why do you continue to defend Minister Dutton when the audit office's reports of September 2016 and January 2017 show serious and ongoing failure of financial, service, and health and safety issues in the offshore detention centres managed by his department?

This audit [in January] has identified a recurrence of these, and other, deficiencies, which have resulted in higher than necessary expense for taxpayers and significant reputational risks for the Australian government and the department.
— https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/17/immigration-spent-unauthorised-22bn-on-offshore-detention-says-auditor

Significant reputational risks. That is indefensible, Mr Turnbull. Sack Dutton, close the camps and bring the refugees here.