What a boost it would be for humanity and decency if Bill Shorten broke with the government’s refugees policy and told us during the Wentworth by-election that the ALP would no longer support the cruel and crippling policies that leave refugees and asylum seekers stranded and abused on Nauru and Manus.
Paul Bauert, a Darwin-based paediatrician, was in parliament on Thursday lobbying MPs from all sides to try and build support for a change in policy. Bauert has assessed medical reports for children on Nauru involved in recent court proceedings to secure medical transfers to Australia. He said he had assessed eight or nine cases in the past six weeks, and seven children were critically ill.
“The government must get fair dinkum and give these long-suffering asylum seeker children, many of whom are extremely ill, and their families a fair go – bring them to Australia for proper care in the best possible environment for their severe mental and physical health conditions”.
According to Mr Bhojani's website, Radiance International has provided "medium term" housing in Nauru "to accommodate both the growing number of foreign workers on the island and the number of refugees seeking to settle temporarily in Nauru".
"The department can confirm it has accommodation lease arrangements on Nauru with Radiance International," a spokeswoman from the Department of Home Affairs told 7.30.
“It is unclear how long Australia will continue to sit on the human rights council and continue to ignore the opinions of one of the council’s own working groups. The hypocrisy is startling,” Battisson [Sydney lawyer from Human Rights for All] said. “Australia’s use of arbitrary open-ended detention as a deterrent to other people exercising their right to asylum is destroying individual lives and families. The long-term impact of such treatment will be felt by generations to come.”
Daniel Webb, from the Human Rights Law Centre, said Australia could not credibly advocate for human rights causes around the world while abusing human rights in its own migration regime.
“Our government masquerades as respecting human rights at the UN but its hypocrisy is being called out at the highest level – no government can truly stand for human rights while choosing to destroy the lives of children,” Webb told the Guardian from Geneva, where he is an observer of the council sessions.
As a 12-year-old, Shukufa arrived in Sydney in 2006 through the refugee resettlement program.
He came to Canada at 16, a Somali seeking asylum, and now Ahmed Hussen is the country’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. On 31 August 2018, this lawyer, refugee and national leader spoke at UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, sharing his singular insights into Canada’s efforts to successfully integrate new citizens.
The ABC understands his departure follows an increased number of requests to the Nauruan Government's Overseas Medical Referral system for transfers of children off the island due to medical conditions and self-harm.
Promoted last year to oversee even more of the country’s security apparatus as minister for home affairs, Mr. Dutton has become the country’s unsmiling face of enforcement, defending Australia’s harsh offshore detention camps, delaying citizenship applications, and arguing for cuts in overall immigration.