Nathan Brown has shared three articles relating to asylum seekers in Australia. Excerpts:
ADRA’s response to the PNG Solution (ADRA Australia)
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia does not support the Australian Government’s ‘Papua New Guinea Solution’. We believe the plan lacks compassion, is inequitable and unjust – and puts at risk the lives and livelihoods of thousands of vulnerable asylum seekers and Papua New Guinean locals.
Being a Schindler (James Standish, Record, 24 July 2013)
In the face of the most persecuted people on earth coming to our shores, Australia’s two major parties are vying to see who can be the most callous. They are acting so brutally because they believe we, the electorate, want them to. Hence, every Australian has an opportunity. If we communicate clearly and unambiguously that we want a nation that is compassionate, a nation that is generous, a nation that rejects the bullying policies of our two major parties, there is a chance this terrible stain on our national character can be removed.
Where and What Is Manus Island? (James Standish, Record, 24 July 2013)
While traveling in Papua New Guinea this month, I met a PNG national who works in the Australian asylum detention camp on Manus Island (the camp is actually on Los Negros Island, which is joined by a bridge to Manus). He began by telling me that all those working at the camp are forced by the Australians running it to sign a document promising not to talk about what goes on there. To date, the Australian Government has not let a single journalist into the internment camp. This is, of course, a very bad sign. What is it that the Australian Government doesn’t want the world to know about? A lot, it turns out.