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Morrison the Evangelical Jailer

30 Dec

Morrison the Evangelical Jailer

Scott Morrison is an evangelical. The church he worships at is closely aligned to Hill Song. That is his business. However, he brings his evangelical zeal to the way he carries out his treatment of asylum seekers. This is our business. And it is completely unacceptable.

It is past time Australians of all political persuasions, religions, ethnicity or age bracket accepted this concentration camp style of treating asylum seekers. Whether they are genuine refugees or not, it is a reflection of us not them when we punish them, treat them inhumanely and don’t test their claims fully.

This is not the Australia I’ve spent more than 60 years helping build, nor the social attitude of the people I’ve known Australians to be. It is abrogation of responsibility, of humanity, to just ignore, accept or self-doubt what the government is doing. Everything they do, they do in our name. They represent us, they work for us, they are us.

If non-refugees, or criminals are found among the asylum seekers, they can be dealt with by sending them home. However, 90%+ are found to be genuine refugees yet we treat them first as criminals and as less than human, even the children. This is not only appalling, it is on all our hands if we allow it. We are paying for this mistreatment in dollars, but we are paying an even bigger price in who we are as a people and the legacy we leave our children.

The time has more than come for Australians to stand up and act with courage by telling the government that this is unacceptable and must stop.

If you believe it is done to stop people drowning at sea, it is not. For that to be true, the government would spend money, far less than we spend now on gulags, to ensure better quicker processing offshore and with safe travel assistance. They do not. Actions speak louder than words, however, the words are unsaid, the questions are unanswered, the facts uncorrected.

This alone, the silence, the secrecy, is totally unacceptable in a free and open democracy. Regardless of what any politician says, we are not at war with these people. They do not arrive in armed vessels carrying weapons, intention or plans to overthrow us. They come pleading for help.

For help.

We even take their medication off them and make them wait weeks or more before returning it, if at all. Then we make them stand in the sun for hours, often several times a day, to line up for a dose.

There is not a redeeming feature about our current treatment of asylum seekers. Our actions, and they are our actions because they are done in our name with our tax dollars, are despicable no matter how you look at it. To not stand up and say NO to this cruelty is to condone it. To condone it is equal to perpetrating it as it would be for you to kick a dog that has just been run over. Or to punish a child for getting sick. You might rail against this notion, but deep down, you know it is true.

Please, for the sake of your own humanity if not theirs, write directly to Scott Morrison, snail mail as email is too easily ignored but post is always opened and read, to tell him to stop what he is doing right now, to find humane solutions and to be fully open and accountable. And insist he does so. It is the responsibility of all Australians to do so, to end this shocking and extreme inhumanity now.

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