When someone suggests that they don’t have the slightest problem with the coalition’s asylum policies I wonder if they have a perspective on exactly how these asylum seekers are treated. Three reports have been generated about their treatment. The Human Right’s Commission produced one during the Labor administration and then another during the Liberal Administration of the Asylum camps. Then the Liberal Government commissioned an independent report on Manus Island (The Moss report). All of them said essentially that the treatment of Asylum seekers was appalling for a variety of reasons.
Given that seeking asylum is not illegal, therefore these people have done no wrong, so why is that treatment so much worse than those who have done wrong. If I were to commit murder and then be sent to jail for this crime, I would be given three square meals daily, I would have a comfortable bed to sleep in, in a secure, robust facility. I would be allowed exercise, reading, rehabilitation opportunities and all manner of facilities provided to me. Frankly if given a choice of my crimes, I would rather commit an act of violence, and it’s consequential jail term then suffer the fate afforded innocent people trying to escape violence. Consider what Australia normally considers a convicted prisoner’s treatment should be while incarcerated.
Given what I read in the Moss Report (which is very carefully & legally worded and redacted), it still paints a horrific story. These children and their mothers mentioned in the report will likely never recover from the effects of their abuse. That our politicians allowed this abuse on their watch and were reluctant to investigate is reprehensible. Were it your children you would be screaming blue murder, but because it isn’t, we prefer complacency. It is very evident from the Moss report that if Sarah Hanson Young had not pressured Morrison to have Moss investigate the allegations and then, only do so to garner evidence (not found) for the unfounded accusations against Save the Children staff; that report would not exist. The redacted Moss Review report is available at http://www.immi.gov.au/about/dept-info/_files/review-conditions-circumstances-nauru.pdf Now keep in mind this is the government’s sponsored report NOT the Human Right’s Commissioner’s report. So if you are aligning yourself with some view that the HR report was “partisan” then what do you say about a report of even worse abuses produced and commissioned by the LNP Government?