Australian Asylum seeker policy · Australian Government · Australian protests · babies in detention on Nauru · Detention harms children

‘Now we have a home’: Babies bound for Nauru taste freedom in the suburbs


Two months ago, Samuel* was among 37 babies facing imminent removal to a life in limbo on Nauru. That was when his picture, and images of many of the others facing removal, appeared on the front page of Fairfax Media newspapers.

More than 50 older children, who had all flown to Australia in family groups because they, or a parent or sibling, needed medical treatment were similarly slated for a swift return to the remote, tiny dot of a country in the Pacific Ocean.

Now they are all out of the mainland detention centres and enjoying the first taste of the freedom their parents were seeking when they sought refuge in Australia.

This is a victory for people power, in the form of the Let Them Stay campaign waged by the advocacy organisation GetUp! and the Melbourne-based Human Rights Legal Centre.
The campaign saw around 115 church groups offer sanctuary to asylum seekers if there was an attempt to force them back to Nauru, school principals and doctors speak out and state premiers declare a willingness to settle the families and children.


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