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Manus bothers me – it should bother you too

The media has been diligently reporting on the Manus Island situation.

The new Minister has castigated the media for publishing false reports. Yet the Minister has provided no proof the reports are false.

The underlying issue is not being addressed.

2011: professionals warned that detention is dysfunctional.

2012: Amnesty International wrote a scathing assessment of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers.

2013: The UN found we were in contravention of over 150 points of international law.

2014: Criticism from every quarter, it seemed.

Here we are in 2015, still marching to our strange inhumane drum.

The situation gets worse, not better. We “have boundless plains to share” our national anthem says. Not if you are non-Christian or non-white it seems.

Last year I wrote a little fiction about Australians becoming asylum seekers.  I’ve asked if New Zealanders suddenly had to flee the shaky isles in boats after a natural disaster, would they be sent to Manus Island or Nauru?

What are we doing? The psychological damage we are causing people is something they may never, ever recover from. We are responsible. Every single one of us who does not speak out in defence of the defenceless is responsible.

Read Michael Burge’s interview with refugee advocate George Georgiadis. Read the UNHCR’s Rough Crossing.

Speak out. Today.

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2 comments on “Manus bothers me – it should bother you too

  1. […] see you there. If we’re still allowed to have BBQs by Sunday. We can talk about how Manus Island fits into all this […]

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