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letter to Coffs Advocate - Human Rights of Children in Detention

From: Mike
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 2:09 PM
Subject: Letter to the editor
Amanda Jennings (Your Say, 13th August) is right to draw our attention to the terrible loss of life in Gaza and to link this utter failure of humanity to the plight of refugees. 
Readers might like to know that, following her visit to Christmas Island in April, the Human Rights commissioner also reported that “these children are actually identifying themselves by their numbers, not by their names, which is shocking.” 
Does that ring any bells? 
A more recent report by the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce had this to say about the Abbott government’s treatment of unaccompanied children in detention: “This is state sanctioned child abuse which the Taskforce believes will warrant a Royal Commission”. 
It would appear that, as a nation, we have learned nothing from our past failures in relation to children’s wellbeing. We seem to be happy to continue to look the other way.
It is surely time for us to stand up and tell this government that they do not act in our name. I hope that many readers will turn out for the March in August in Coffs Harbour on 31st August and support those of us advocating on behalf of refugees. 
We need together to send a clear message to this morally bankrupt government that we expect them to act with integrity and humanity towards those in need of our assistance.


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