Australian Asylum seeker policy

An alternative to offshore detention | Julian Burnside

Australia’s treatment of boat people needs a radical re-think.  It is shameful that we are now trying to treat asylum seekers so harshly that they will be deterred from seeking our help at all.  It is shameful that this deliberate mistreatment of asylum seekers has been “justified” by describing them falsely as “illegal”, when in fact they commit no offence by coming here and asking for protection.  It is shameful that the deliberate Coalition lies about asylum seekers have not been roundly condemned by the Labor party.  It is shameful that, out of an alleged concern about asylum seekers drowning in their attempt to reach safety, we punish them if they don’t drown.
JULIANBURNSIDE.COM.AU

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Mary Blight The Australian government must listen to Julian Burnside’s ideas and stop offshore processing of refugees. Please note anyone who has worked on Nauru that Julian Burnside will provide you pro bono (free) legal representation if you are charged for revealing details of what you found out on Nauru. So please have courage and speak up!
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Faye Corin
Faye Corin Great idea!!
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Lisa Leening
Lisa Leening So sensible and humane. It is beyond me why these options are not implemented. As Julian Burnside pointed out “we would save billions of dollars a year and be doing good rather than harm”. Surely this is a win, win for all??!!!
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Mary Blight
Mary Blight Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children is having a vigil on 26th November in Sydney. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/876150615783669/permalink/941462945919102/
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Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU Please take our photos with you xxx
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Mary Blight
Mary Blight I will ask them to do that!
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Stacey Lee Warren
Stacey Lee Warren How do we get this to happen? Sounds like the best option for everyone. Our rural towns are dying, people who were born in my town can’t have there own babies here now. We have to leave to give birth. If we had a larger population that would change, this would make that happen. And they would be much happier and safer than where they are now.
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Jane McPhail
Jane McPhail Why aren’t our politicians listening & show a willingness to a more humane process! How many asylum seekers arrive by air & what is the process for them?
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Clare Pascoe
Clare Pascoe I haven’t looked at the figures, but I suspect very few, since you need passport and visa documentation to get on a plane.
Like · Reply · 20 November at 19:16
Ruth White
Ruth White Love it!
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Andrea Potsey
Andrea Potsey I would love to see a system like this in place!
Like · Reply · 3 · 20 November at 17:03

Trish Forde
Trish Forde Finally someone with a sensible and workable solution that is both compassionate and affordable.
Like · Reply · 4 · 20 November at 17:32

Kate Curry
Kate Curry I would have thought that these ideas should have been pretty obvious better alternative plans from the get go….plain add the nose on your fave and all that!
Like · Reply · 2 · 20 November at 17:34

Alie Cragg
Alie Cragg Makes sense, is humane and cost effective. Best of all it maintains dignity of both the arrivals and those of us who have felt great shame at what is happening
Like · Reply · 5 · 20 November at 17:42

Helen Hansen
Helen Hansen Great ideas from a great Australian
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Monica Redden
Monica Redden Julian’s ideas make so much sense. I can’t understand why the government has taken such an inhumane stance and continues to promulgate such expensive and harsh regimes. Are they incapable of admitting that they are wrong?
Like · Reply · 4 · 20 November at 18:13

Liz Joshua
Liz Joshua As ever JB is the voice of reason. It’s a no brainer but who’s listening?
Like · Reply · 4 · 20 November at 18:28

Sharon Ladkin
Sharon Ladkin Well said Julian!
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Alison Manisha
Alison Manisha Win win win win win win win win. So sensible.
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Philip Young
Philip Young Plan A sounds like a winner
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Shelah Margaret Johnston
Shelah Margaret Johnston Please read.
Like · Reply · 1 · 20 November at 21:18

Ken Weatherall
Ken Weatherall This common sense approach is so obviously right that I wonder at the real agenda behind the current process.
Like · Reply · 5 · 21 November at 04:33

Anne Taylor
Anne Taylor Sheer common sense…with a HEART!
Like · Reply · 1 · 21 November at 06:19

Donna Tieri
Donna Tieri Thank you, Julian Burnside, brilliant suggestions. We need a solution to this shameful situation. Is any politician listening?
Like · Reply · 1 · 21 November at 06:55

Virginia Bowe
Virginia Bowe Oh yes!
Like · Reply · 1 · 21 November at 06:57

Neville Smith
Neville Smith You are spot on Julian Burnside. But I suspect the Australian MSM, the Abbott/Turnbull LNP and Shorten’s Labor will never permit this to happen. I hate to say it, but I truly believe that all three of these groups have decided they need an external g…See More
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Bat Brown
Bat Brown Logic escapes our leaders
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Kylie Spencer
Kylie Spencer Yes, Julian Burnside certainly reflects the ‘essential decency of Australians’. Try to remember this- we want you here, safe and free, and we will keep fighting for this! xoxoxo
Like · Reply · 1 · 21 November at 08:38

Tim Sanderson
Tim Sanderson The Tasmanian solution would be brilliant. Win Win.
Like · Reply · 21 November at 08:43

Mary Blight
Mary Blight Hey everyone here is another fb page that is worth getting involved in to help the kids! https://www.facebook.com/Gifts-for-children-in…/
Gifts for children in Australian detention centres.
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Gracie Cowell Emma HolderEmily CainGeorgia Roberts
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Emily Cain
Emily Cain @the Australian government
Like · Reply · 1 · 21 November at 09:38

Derek Maitland
Derek Maitland And you, David, obviously don’t have dreams.
Like · Reply · 1 · 21 November at 11:31

Mary Blight
Mary Blight Don’t bother about David, he is a troll and will be deleted soon.
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Daniel Barnett
Daniel Barnett Matthew Teixeira
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Amanda Vogel
Amanda Vogel Is there some kind of school provided for the children?
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Mary Blight
Mary Blight Save the Chiildren ran a great school there. But their contract was not renewed and they left Nauru on 31st October.
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Amanda Vogel
Amanda Vogel That is disgraceful
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Sue Botha
Sue Botha The only thing I don’t agree with is telling Refugees where they can live, freedom of movement after being locked away for years is important.
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Victoria Martin
Victoria Martin precisely
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In support of the children on NAURU
In support of the children on NAURU Hi, we are trying to find out how to send gifts to the children, I have read that Julien Burnside’s groups’ letter were all returned to sender unopened/never reached refugees on Nauru. If you know of a way things can be sent to you can you please let us know. Warm wishes
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Victoria Martin
Victoria Martin you just need to have a name and boat number..I send things to my firends on Manus and Nauru all the time. There are also a number of groups that are engaged in projects to send gifts..
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Victoria Martin
Victoria Martin eg https://www.facebook.com/Gifts-for-children-in…/…
Gifts for children in Australian detention centres.
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Jodie Maybury
Jodie Maybury Julian can you pls tell the government
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Shirley Sargeant
Shirley Sargeant Let’s do it!
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Anna Burke
Anna Burke Jim Falk
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Colin Bishop
Colin Bishop Too sensible.
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Clare Pascoe
Clare Pascoe This is why your page is so necessary, children. Without your bravery, we’d never have the chance to reach you and tell you we care.
http://www.theguardian.com/…/goodwill-letters-to-asylum…

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Liana Peterson
Liana Peterson A new petition that you all could sign http://freethechildren-sarahinthesenate.nationbuilder.com/

Free the Children
Children and families out detention
FREETHECHILDREN-SARAHINTHESENATE.NATIONBUILDER.COM
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Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU The Government will be telling you that we are free soon became they are given us paper to say we refugees now and tell you we are free. But we still be in Nauru. All of Nauru is detention. Please change your petition to say bring us to Australia.
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Wanda Keightley
Wanda Keightley Have you seen this? https://www.facebook.com/senatordinatale/posts/904273972997531
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Annette Erdtsieck
Annette Erdtsieck Prime Minister Turnbull must respect the important measures moved by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and passed by the Senate today, which will release children from detention in Australia, provide journalists with access to detention facilities and provide important whistle-blower protections.
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Jacob Perry
Jacob Perry BREAKING: The Senate has voted for The Greens amendments to release children from detention, journalists to have access to detention camps & for protection for whistle-blowers.
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Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU But we will still be on Nauru
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Jacob Perry
Jacob Perry next step I guess
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Margot Rodrom-Robertson
Margot Rodrom-Robertson I am sure Senator Sarah Hanson-Young wants you in Australia – as so many of us do – and I am sure she will do all she can to get you here. Please see my comments below.
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Margot Rodrom-Robertson
Margot Rodrom-Robertson https://www.facebook.com/Senator.Sarah.Hanson.Young/photos/a.191332307556938.43165.169115193111983/1009006705789490/?type=3&theater
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Connor James
Connor James About time.more to be done but this is the start
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Margot Rodrom-Robertson
Margot Rodrom-Robertson The current amendment is for children in Australia only but there should be a Bill introduced next week especially about Nauru. You are not forgotten.
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Julie-Ann Carr
Julie-Ann Carr https://m.facebook.com/Senator.Sarah.Hanson.Young/
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Monzeeki Hijo de Pera
Monzeeki Hijo de Pera I just saw the news.. Do you think they will honor their promise? They made the same promise before and did not keep it. I’m not a praying kind of person, but I so hope they are forced to keep it and you will be free!
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Zoe van Havre
Zoe van Havre Has anyone heard from the children in last few days?
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Margot Rodrom-Robertson
Margot Rodrom-Robertson I was wondering, too. I have not seen anything new on the site apart from this pst. Mind you, there are responses on this post. Hoping they are ok.
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Zoe van Havre
Zoe van Havre There is a new one now – which has crushed me, as they are saying the news the children are being freed is only for those in Australia. Heard a new bill will be in next week for them, from a comment. Meh frown emoticon
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