Close down your refugee concentration camps Julia Gillhoward
Australia already has concentration camps on home soil.
They are euphemistically called detention centres. They house people who have committed no crime but are locked up for seeking asylum.
In some 50 cases to date ASIO has determined genuine refugees to be security threats which means they are being held indefinitely on the say so of a group of reactionaries who liaise closely for example with the mass murderers in the Sri Lankan government to determine if Tamil refugees are a ‘threat’.
The Julia Gillhoward Government’s Pacific Solution means that asylum seekers who have been found to be refugees will be locked up for a decade or more in Nauru or on Manus Island. Here’s how Greg Sheridan in The Australian puts it:
‘The only way to discourage them [bullshit Sheridan, we should welcome them, not discourage them - JP] is to make it clear that if they come by boat without a visa they will never get permanent residency in Australia and never be allowed family reunion rights.
‘The Houston committee half recognises this by its promotion of a “no advantage” rule, so that people who come by boat get no advantage as opposed to those who apply from offshore.
‘But this means, although Houston and his colleagues won’t acknowledge it, that there must be a waiting time in Nauru and Manus Island of 10 years or more, to match the disincentive that people in camps already face.’
Labor plans ten years’ detention on Nauru or Manus Island for people who have committed no crime. All they have done is seek asylum.
In the age of truth telling we used to call these types of places concentration camps. It is time for that truth to be told again.
Close down your concentration camps Julia Gillhoward.