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Of course Manus Island and Nauru detention centres are concentration camps, Mike Pezzullo

Mike Pezzullo, the head of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, has attacked those who point to the militarisation of the Department and others, like me, who argue that the immigration detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, and here in Australia, are concentration camps.

Why is this important? A recent badly worded Departmental press release raising holocaust denial concerns was in part a response to Psychiatrist Michael Dudley. In Australian Psychiatry Dudley said this about Australia’s detention centre policies:

‘Such policies misuse helping professionals to underwrite state abuses and promote public numbing and indifference, resembling other state abuses in the ‘war on terror’ and (with qualification) historical counterparts, e.g. Nazi Germany.’

The department then clarified its meaning and this only heightened the problems. New Matilda captures the issues well.

Even a slight familiarity with history would help Pezzullo and others understand that the offshore and onshore detention centres are in fact classic examples of concentration camps. As I have written elsewhere:

‘Just as the British imprisoned without charge or trial Boer non-combatants, mainly women and children, to further their war aims, and the Nazis imprisoned without charge or trial their left wing political opponents to consolidate their power and drive wages down to restore profits, so the Australian government imprisons innocent refugee and asylum seeker children, women and men to further its class war on workers and the poor by diverting our attention away from that class war.’

Pezzullo is not about historical truth; he is about denying the truth of history. If we as a society were to call these detention centres what they are, concentration camps, then the reality of our brutality would become obvious. So too would the role of the leadership of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in managing and defending these concentration camps.



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