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Close Offshore Processing of Asylum Seekers

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Dear the Hon. Peter Dutton MP, Minister For Immigration and Border Protection

The way a nation treats its people, regardless of citizenship, is what makes up its true international reputation. When a nation treats asylum seekers with compassion, this is what makes a nation move forward. Even if an asylum seeker travels by boat, they should always be treated with the utmost respect and compassion. Mr Dutton, your policies have not done that, but much rather the opposite. Therefore, I, as well as many others in Australia want change.

As a leader of this great nation, it would be in your best interests to show compassion and to act in the most humane way possible. I know that current policies are related to the utmost safety of asylum seekers, with various reports showing that many asylum seekers have died at sea trying to get to Australia. However, your policies are both cruel and inhumane. They do not reflect Australia's true viewpoint on asylum seekers.

As a result, I, as well as many others, want change. The Australian people want change to, not only the laws, but to the attitudes of the Liberal Party. As such, I want you, Mr Dutton, to allow processing of asylum seeker applications to happen onshore. Offshore processing is not only cruel, it is inhumane to both the physical state, as well as the psychological wellbeing of asylum seekers. Through this, it is overwhelmingly clear that something must happen to the laws.

Seeking asylum is not illegal. It is enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Through these two precedents, it is clear that Australia must uphold them. In relation to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, we were one of eight original nations who drafted it. In relation to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, we ratified it in 1954. Through these two notions, it is clear that we must uphold both the Declaration of Human Rights, as well as uphold the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

To the public: this is a call to action. If something is to happen to the laws and to offshore processing, this petition is the way to do it. It would not only be beneficial for the community, but also for the many asylum seekers who are currently locked up in Manus and Nauru Island, being subjected to horrible living conditions and being psychologically traumatized. Something must happen and if a simple petition like mine is not signed, then nothing will change and asylum seekers will continue to be treated in the way they are treated right now.

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