12 December 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 were so pleased to hear that 5 refugees held in APODs were this week released into the community. This highlights for us that, with the stroke of a pen, your ministers can choose to end an intolerable situation. We seek your answers to the following questions:
  1. Why were these 5 chosen to be released? Was it to pre-empt the outcomes of their cases currently before the federal circuit court challenging the legality of their detention?
  2. Will you instruct your ministers to use their powerful pens to release the hundreds of other refugees and asylum seekers brought here under Medevac for medical treatment, whose ongoing detention is similarly likely to be found to be illegal?
  3. Will you instruct your ministers to use the power of their pens to allow the family detained on Christmas Island for over 1000 days to return to Biloela so they can begin to heal from the devastating treatment your government has handed out to them?

Yours sincerely

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