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10.10.16

letter to PM Turnbull enclosing petition signed by 1396 people -resettle all asylum seekers in Australia 10 October 2016

            10th October  2016

Dear Mr Turnbull,

Please find enclosed a petition organised by Rural  Australians for Refugees, which has been signed by 1396 people. The petition reads:
"We, the undersigned, call on the leaders of all political parties to work together to bring to an end the cruel, inhumane and unsustainable offshore detention arrangements for asylum seekers and refugees. We specifically ask the Parliament to:
·       process all asylum seekers currently held in offshore detention, without further delay.
·       resettle in Australia all asylum seekers currently in offshore detention centres who are found to be eligible for our protection under international law.
·       permanently close all offshore detention facilities in the months ahead."
Our strong view, now supported by the majority of the Australian people, is that the offshore detention regime needs to be urgently brought to an end. The current policy is deeply shameful, immoral, cruel and hugely expensive. Despite the Government's attempts to hide the appalling physical and mental abuse inflicted on the detainees, the evidence of abuse reported by reputable organisations and individual professionals with first-hand experience of the situation is clear, unambiguous and shocking.
 We should not be treating our fellow human beings, who have committed no crime, in this way. It is utterly reprehensible to use a group of people as human shields to protect us from other would-be asylum seekers. We can do better than this. We therefore call on the Government to take urgent steps to close all offshore facilities without further delay and to bring the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia for processing and resettlement.
On behalf of Rural Australians for Refugees, I look forward to your constructive and positive response.
                                                                                                            Yours sincerely,

                                                                                                            Mike Griffin
Copied to:
Bill Shorten MP

Senator Richard Di Natale

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