If politicians are incapable of fixing this stain on our humanity, our history and our dignity, what about the judges, in particular those at the pinnacle of the judicial food chain, the high court of Australia?
Young refugees who have been held on Nauru for much of their teenage years have spoken out in despair about their situation, as a severe child mental health crisis unfolds around them.
No parent would ever willingly choose this life for their children, they are essentially trapped in a nightmare they cannot wake from: unable to return to their country of origin for fear of almost certain death but powerless to move forward.
Although the camp's removal was good news for refugee health, Mr Rintoul agreed the timing of the demolition was cynical.
"It's clearly not a humanitarian gesture. They could have done this a long time ago. There is simply no doubt they are trying to dress Nauru up."
A succession of psychiatrists and doctors who have attempted to treat Ahoora have consistently reported it is his detention on Nauru that is damaging his mental health. He has a series of behavioural tics and, when frightened, chews his clothing until he disintegrates it. He is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder exacerbated by his continued detention and the absence of any hope for his future.
‘‘Making [Nauru and Manus] like a zoo that everyone is seeing around the world, [saying] ‘Don’t come to Australia or else this happens to you’ – this is not the thing that is impacting people not to come,’’ said Mozhgan Moarefizadeh, an Iranian refugee and advocate.
Ardern's office said her government is concerned about child refugees, but can do little aside from offer to resettle them.
"New Zealand does not have the power to remove children from Nauru," her office said. "For that we would need the cooperation of other governments."
"Am I concerned that children could die in Nauru, that some of these refugee children could die? I'm absolutely concerned about that. I'm reasonably surprised that no-one has," said Dr Vernon Reynolds, a former child psychiatrist on the island employed by the Australian Government's contractor, International Health and Medical Services (IHMS).