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 do not understand how it is possible that in this country, people who have committed no crime are detained against their will for more than 7 years. We are particularly concerned that those refugees and asylum seekers who were brought to Australia under the ‘Medevac’ legislation, are now detained in hotels in Brisbane and Melbourne. Given that these people were brought to Australia because of medical and psychiatric illnesses, invariably exacerbated by the strain of longterm detention, we are very concerned that they continue to be detained, let alone in such restrictive conditions. Prime Minister, can you imagine the desperation that they must be feeling, at the waste of so many years of their lives, unable to settle, to build or nurture families, careers, community?
Surely it is impossible for this to continue forever. How do you plan to resolve this situation so that these people can get on with their lives?