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Monday, 20 August 2018
Page: 7656

Immigration Detention

TO THE HONOURABLE THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES This petition of citizens of Australia and other countries draws to the attention of the House the distressing situation of the more than 2,000 asylum seekers that remain in Australia's offshore detention system. Many have been held there for more than four years. Australia continues to pay Papua New Guinea and Nauru - at a cost of nearly $10bn over the past four years - to house asylum seekers in camps that have been plagued by revelations of physical violence - including murder - sexual abuse of women and children, allegations of torture by guards, medical neglect leading to death, and catastrophic rates of mental health damage, self-harm, and suicide attempts. The resettlement process, including the stalled US resettlement deal, is dysfunctional, and there is a call for a Senate inquiry into the Government's failure to act on medical advice pertaining to offshore detainees. Inmates are dying on Manus Island at the rate of one a month. This inhuman treatment of innocent people must stop.

We therefore ask the House: to bring an end to this disgrace by promptly resettling the asylum seekers in safe countries, including Australia, and to implement a 'regional solution' with Indonesia and Malaysia which would humanely address the regional asylum seeker situation while circumventing the need for unsafe boat journeys to Australia.

from 234 citizens (Petition No. PN0361)