Catholics In Coalition for Justice and Peace

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Stopping boats and saving lives, four years on

Posted 26 Jul 2017 03:00PM

FRANK BRENNAN, TIM COSTELLO, ROBERT MANNE and JOHN MENADUE 

Stopping Boats and Saving Lives Four Years On …

 

How much longer will we continue to punish proven refugees who are our responsibility while they await interminable, uncertain futures in offshore detention on Nauru and Manus Island?

Everyone knows the vast majority of those on Manus and Nauru who have been assessed have been found to be genuine refugees.

They are deserving of a safe, humane and dignified refuge.

Everyone knows that not all the proven refugees in Australia's offshore detention centres will be resettled in the USA even once the USA resumes taking refugees in October 2017.

And now our two major political parties are preparing for yet a third federal election when they think it makes sense to direct that these proven refugees rot in the Pacific.  But for what purpose?

This is not about stopping the boats and saving lives. 

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