31 October 2020

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.

We are particularly concerned about the almost 200 people being held in hotels in Melbourne and Brisbane. With one man this week driven to attempt suicide (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/25/refugee-advocates-concerned-for-detainee-held-in-brisbane-hotel-for-16-months), we ask that you contemplate what it would be like to be held in such restricted quarters, your family, future, and freedom indefinitely out of reach. 

Prime Minister, we are ashamed that this intolerable situation has been created by our government. There are humane and a pragmatic solutions available for all these people, as well as for those on Nauru and PNG, including New Zealand’s offer to re-settle 150 per year. What is your plan for allowing these people to get on with their lives? 

Yours faithfully,

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