New Australian Government: End Offshore Detention of Refugees on Nauru and Manus Island

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 “We care about refugees because of the seed of fear that lurks in all of us that can be stated so simply as: it could be me”- Arthur Helton 2002

Refugees are defined as 'a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.'

Past governments, both Labor and Liberal have failed to terminate cruel detainment policies. We as the Australian public must now entrust that the newly formed Coalition may finally desist offshore detention and uphold our claim of 'boundless plains to share'.

There are currently 915 people; men and women forcibly imprisoned on Nauru and PNG after attempting to seek asylum from disastrous situations. 915 people too many. My heart also breaks for the thousands of refugees illegally turned away by the Australian Government, through third state policy and containment agenda. Australia is signatory to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and is currently defying its international obligations through mandatory detention. 85% of the world's 68.5 million refugees are housed in developing nations who are deprived of the resources needed to adequately sustain such large numbers. Australia's current 13 500 refugee cap is ranked by the UNHCR as 25th, aiding a mere 0.002% of the total population, a minuscule amount of what we as a nation are truly capable of performing. The Liberal party also prides itself on economic management and statistical growth.

So, here are the numbers:

The estimated cost of offshore detention is $573 000 per person, which has effectively been reported as torture by the ABC. This money contributes to nothing other than pain.

Mainland resettlement is estimated to be a mere $10,221 per person, which is eventually paid off by taxation and productivity. Furthermore resettlement is extremely beneficial; it reduces our current ageing population crisis and boosts the economy through employment.

Re-opening and then closing Christmas Island has been budgeted at $185.2 million over two years, with approximately 140 security staff and 14 health care workers on the island although not one person had been transferred as of 6 April 2019.

Dear Coalition, these are not good numbers.

Please, I urge you to end the suffering of vulnerable innocents as the United States cruelly and illegally also closes its borders. Do not let this be a stain on a nation's history of aid, as seen during the conclusion of the Second World War and Eastern European Conflicts. The excuses of terrorism and potential security risks will be tolerated no longer. Refugees are the most vetted people in the world and not a single case of terrorism has been caused by any genuine refugees.

Innocent people in search of safety pose no threat to us or our livelihoods.

Do not close your eyes to them, they are not to be blamed for the fault of their leaders or circumstances. Just as we cannot be blamed for being born in Australia.