Offshore/indefinite detention is about politics. It is a cynical political bipartisan ploy. In the name of the taxpayers, who fund the very expensive offshore detention process, the policy claims a shaky moral high ground. BUT, does preventing drownings justify inhumane treatment and the psychological damage it causes?
The policy hinders people smugglers selling dangerous boat trips BUT….BUT….BUT!
WHY CAN’T boat people be processed in a few months and moved on? If the situation is acceptable on Nauru,
WHY can’t we know what happens there?
WHY is the service, provided by the contractors there – in our name – not evaluated annually and made public?
WHY do we have to be SO SLOW in processing people?
WHAT are both political parties planning to do about those people who remain in limbo with nowhere to go? Some have been in detention for many years!
Politicians and mainstream media are constantly talking about fairness these days – what is fair about this intentional, calculated cruelty?
IF the people in detention were processed in 12 months or less we voters could probably accept the situation but that is NOT the way our bureaucrats, at the behest of our pollies, are behaving.
The GetUp campaign No Business in Abuse aims to stop companies, like Transfield, profiting from abuse. It defines a non-abusive company as one that:
- Has zero tolerance for child abuse
- Respects people’s fundamental rights to freedom from arbitrary and indefinite detention
- Does not treat people in a cruel, inhumane or degrading manner
- Commits to transparency and independent monitoring to ensure these principles are upheld
The GetUp campaign is asking Australians to sign a pledge which will reject these companies, drying up their potential investor and client market.
It plans targeting strategic businesses and institutions, asking them to pledge never to contract with companies like Transfield, unless they clean up their act.
…what a mess!