2 January 2021

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 remain 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 wish you and your family a happy and safe new year. As we all contemplate the year ahead, and make our new year’s resolutions to improve our lives, please spare a thought for those who are not in control of their own lives because of your government’s policies. We respectfully request that:
* the asylum claims off the so-called ‘legacy caseload’ be processed efficiently and fairly, and that you allow those found to be refugees to settle on permanent visas
* you release into the community all people brought here under the Medevac legislation and currently detained in APODs
* you accept the New Zealand offer of resettlement for those who remain on Nauru and Manus, and who are in various forms of on-shore detention, and allow the remainder to settle permanently in our community.
Yours sincerely

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