Boochani: It has now been five years

Refugees’ lives have become weapons in a rugged political contest
For the past five years, Australia has used the lives of 2,000 innocent refugees as a political game

The Guardian – 20 June 2018

On 19 July 2013, Kevin Rudd, the then prime minister of the Labor government, announced the resumption of offshore processing. According to the policy, whoever came to Australia by boat would be exiled to Manus Island and Nauru.

Together with 60 other people travelling on a leaky boat headed for Australia, I was lost on the ocean when the return to offshore processing was announced. This policy was seen as political propaganda to win votes; it occurred just two months before the 2013 federal election in September.

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