We Are Better Than This: Or, I Had Hoped to Write About Something Happier, But…

….Abbott and Co. didn’t co-operate.

What the hell do these guys think they’re doing?

Oh yes, that’s right – they have no bloody sense of common decency or anything like that at all. All they care about are political games and foisting their ideology onto us. http://theaimn.com/abbott-lacks-compassion-for-children-in-detention/

What am I ranting about, you may ask?
This, among other things: http://mobile.news.com.au/national/asylum-seekers-without-documentation-to-be-rejected-tony-abbott/story-fncynjr2-1227221228012. Under the guise of “national security” he’s going to attempt to ensure that anyone without the correct “papers” are summarily rejected, with no “benefit of the doubt”. He does not understand – does not care – that many refugees do not have access to these papers. They are stateless – it’s usually a cause/ symptom of the discrimination that is the reason they want to leave. For example, the Rohingya in Burma – who are soon no longer being issued with identification cards by the Burmese government.

I stand by Professor Gillian Triggs and the Human Rights Commission (https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/All_members_of_the_House_of_Representatives_Australian_Government_Respect_the_independence_of_the_President_of_the_Human/?svTFGdb), with their recent report. We-ell, recently released report – it was handed in last November, but was only tabled by the government last week, on the very last day that it could be. The conditions in these detention centres (or to be more precise, concentration camps) are horrendous and inhumane. All involved should be ashamed of themselves (http://theaimn.com/ashamed/). But most aren’t it seems. And I don’t just mean those in the current government. The program was started in the previous one’s term.

Let’s not forget that this is just the latest barbarism. In December last year, the current government emotionally blackmailed several crossbenchers to pass some of the worst immigration legislation in Australia’s history (I ranted about that on this blog – it was one of my first posts). One of the promises made to “sweeten” that awful deal was that the kids would be “out by Christmas”. As we know, that hasn’t happened.

It will be one year tomorrow (17th Feb) since the death of Reza Berati was killed in the riots on Manus Island. A whole year and basically nothing seems to have been really done about the death.

It disgusts me. We, as Australians, are better than this. The the kids – not to mention their parents, as well as all other asylum seekers – should be out. There are better ways of “processing” refugees. Humanely.

I will not stay silent on this issue – no way, no how. We must speak up: https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/refugees/speak-up-for-kids-in-detention/speak-up-for-all-kids-in-detention.

There are times – like this – when I feel uncomfortable being Australian.

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