September 06, 2016
Australian silence hiding detention inhumanity
Labour corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says people in New Zealand know more about what is happening in Australia’s offshore detention centres than the Australian public.
The MP was in Melbourne yesterday for a focus group session for a doctoral research project into the detention system.
He says new coverage is limited, and Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton continues to describe detainees as murderers and rapists when the majority had their visas revoked for relatively minor and in many cases historic crimes.
"What is going on is absolutely inhumane and Australia needs to stop it, close these detention centres down. We've seen what's happening in Nauru and Manus Island where kids are being detained, people are being sexually abused and raped. It's just the most horrible of conditions and you wouldn't think this is still going on in 21st century Australia," Mr Davis says.
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