No matter where we come from or how we got here, everyone needs a safe place to call home.
But for the past eight years, successive governments have enacted harmful policies against people seeking asylum, including the indefinite detention of everyone who arrived by sea after 19 July 2013.
Today, there are still around 200 people held against their will in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Over 1000 women, men and children have been transferred to Australia for critical medical treatment and now live in ‘transitory’ visa limbo.
Around six of those people are still held in locked immigration detention centres and so-called ‘alternative places of detention’.
Countless Parliamentary and Departmental inquiries, UN investigations, reports by the Australian Human Rights Commission, and numerous whistleblowers, including the government’s own doctors have repeatedly told us the same story of systematic abuse, violence and medical neglect of people held in detention facilities. Tragically, 13 people have died in these centres.
After eight long years of toxic politics, it’s time the Government freed these women, men and children, and quickly resettled them into our community, so they can be safe and have a permanent home in which to rebuild their lives.
Time for release from detention.
Time for a permanent resettlement solution.
Time for a home.