All asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat are sent for ‘offshore processing’ in the tiny island nation of Nauru or on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
In the global context of 65 million displaced people the numbers are minuscule – barely 2,000 people on both islands – but their detention has become an indefinite incarceration, says Guardian reporter Ben Doherty.
Russell Broadbent says Coalition needs to consider
whether there are adequate safety measures to protect those in detention
by Katharine Murphy – The Guardian – 10 August 2016
Photo: A protest at the Nauru detention centre. The Liberal MP Russell Broadbent said the Nauru files were ‘the sort of thing that brought John Howard to a place where he had to do something about it’
Liberal MP Russell Broadbent says the government needs to consider whether there are adequate checks and balances to ensure the safety of people in immigration detention after the release of new records revealing the scale of abuse of children in offshore detention.
The backbencher said churches and “people of conscience” needed to rally on the issue …
Labor MPs also remain deeply troubled by conditions in offshore detention. The Tasmanian Labor senator Lisa Singh told Guardian Australia on Wednesday it remained her personal view that the offshore detention centres on Nauru and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea should be shut down.
Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru routinely face neglect by Australian-hired health workers and frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans, according to an Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch investigation.