Dear Mr Morrison,
I am a friend of the Centre for a Compassionate Society, which is based in the electorate of Melbourne. I live in the electorate of ***. I will be adding my voice to the voices of many others who value compassion, by writing a letter to your government every week until all refugees and asylum-seekers who have been detained on Nauru and in PNG under Operation Sovereign Borders are appropriately re-settled. We also seek humane treatment for refugees and asylum seekers on-shore. We are copying this letter to the Ministers and Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration, and to our local members of parliament.
While the focus of media coverage is on the global pandemic, we choose to remember those people who your government continues to traumatise, by denying them the freedom and the resources to lead a dignified life. We remember those who remain in PNG and on Nauru, and locked up in hotels such as the Mantra in Preston, Victoria, many having waited for more than 7 years for a safe home where they can settle and begin to put down roots. We remember those refugees and asylum seekers living meagre lives in our community, from whom your government seems determined to removed the means of material survival in the middle of a global pandemic.
Prime Minister, there is room in this country, and in our communities, for these people to settle and contribute. Is there room in your heart for compassion for people who have suffered so much before and since they arrived on Australia’s doorstep in search of safety and a peaceful home?