Mr Abbott, Mr Morrison, and Mr Alexander,
Despite the apparent fact that many of my fellow Australians disagree with me, I wish to voice my strong opposition to our nation’s treatment of asylum seekers.
How we act towards the poor and vulnerable amongst us speaks volumes about what we value. (And who is more vulnerable than people who have given up everything to flee for our protection?) And how do we treat them? With scant regard for their physical or mental health (particularly children) we incarcerate them for the crime of escaping persecution, we ship them to yet another foreign country, we put them in cramped pens with no shade, insufficient water, almost non-existent medical care, and arbitrarily limit family contact. For a nation that was up in arms about live animal exports, it grieves me that we embrace treating humans little better.