“The boats are coming”, one of the greatest lies told to the Australian people
"The reality is that no one is observing the situation in Manus and
Nauru, no one considers our fate, no one is waiting to see when we are
freed, no one is looking to see where we will be settled," writes Journalist, associate professor at UNSW, and refugee in Manus, Behrouz
Boochani, in this detailed article in The Guardian on 2 July.
"Many Australians liken the policy of exiling people to Manus and Nauru to a brick constituting a structure constructed by the government. According to this view, if one brick is removed from this building the whole edifice will suddenly collapse. I argue that this view is completely wrong."
"Over six years the Australian government has transferred about 1,000 people from these two islands to Australia. In contrast to the government logic, not one boat has come into Australian waters. In addition to this, since 2013 the government has transferred to Australia hundreds of refugees who had been incarcerated on Christmas Island. These refugees were always told they would never make it to Australia and would be eventually exiled to Manus and Nauru. Again, no boats made it into Australian waters.
"According to official statistics the government sent more than another 700 to the US. Again, no boats came in. The group of refugees in Manus has reduced from 900 individuals in 2016 to 450. In Nauru the numbers reduced from 1,200 to 250 in the same period."
"One conclusion can be reasonably arrived at. Obviously, the government’s intention has never been to close these prisons. Dutton says he would like to free everyone overnight if he could but cannot because the boats would start coming again. This is an outright lie."
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