Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Australia lies to refugees

The latest on Manus Island: staff there were instructed to lie to refugees about their prospects of resettlement:

A migration agent who worked at Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island says staff at the facility were told to lie to asylum seekers about their prospects of resettlement.

Liz Thompson says she was instructed by the immigration department to tell detainees they were going to be settled in PNG, even though there were no real plans in place.

There's more in the original SBS story: refugee claims aren't being processed, and there are no plans to process them. Instead, the gulag is for indefinite detention, aimed solely at deterring other refugees. And the worst bit is that they seem to be seeing this murder as an opportunity, something else they can use to "send a message" to those who would dare to seek a better life in Australia.

And again: John Key loves this policy and wants us to adopt it too. Isn't it time we stood up for kiwi values and told Australia that it was wrong?