We received this letter today –
“Your petition was considered by the Standing Committee on Petitions at a recent meeting, and was found to meet the petition requirements.
Your petition will be presented in the House and referred to the relevant Minister based on the subject of your petition terms. We will let you know when this happens.
Thank you for your interest and involvement in petitioning the House of Representatives.
Pauline Cullen signature
Reasons: This petition of concerned citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the immensely detrimental impact the uncertainty of indefinite detention has on the mental and physical health of people seeking asylum and refugees on the Republic of Nauru (Nauru) and Manus Island PNG (Manus). International observers from the UN, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International found that prolonged indefinite detention causes serious deterioration of mental health. The findings of The Australian Human Rights Commission “Forgotten Children report”, the Government’s own Moss Review, the Senate inquiry into allegations and conditions on Nauru, UNHCR monitoring visits, testimonies and the 2,000 Nauru Files of incident reports provide evidence of children, women and men being exposed to high degree of violence and sexual and physical assault. That significant health problems and prevalent, the conditions are inhumane, medical facilities inadequate and education is limited, supportive and unsafe. Further, mandatory detention is in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Request: We therefore ask the House to immediately transfer all people being held in the Nauru and Manus Regional Processing Centres to Australia to have their claims determined. Immediately provide all refugees on Nauru and Manus with permanent resettlement options in Australia. To complete the actions requested before 21 December 2016.