I'm just curious, why do I have any more right to immigrate to Australia than somebody from a war torn country seeking asylum for very valid reasons?
I know others have addressed why this is such a heartless sentiment, and I'm not going to get into this debate, but I will say this-
If either of my children had so very little empathy for others that they would think this way, I would be deeply, deeply ashamed of them. They are not 'complaining', they are very often killing themselves due to everything they've been through.
If you were mugged in the street, taken and held against your will and repeatedly raped and beaten then somehow escaped your ordeal only to be thrown in a cell and not have your story believed, I am sure you would complain, despite the fact that they were better circumstances.
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The rates of suicide attempts and self harm in detention centres are huge, and it includes children.
And people think that whinging is the worst thing? Don't forget, most of these people do get granted refugee visas - it is in our best interest that they are mentally well. Long term detention has been shown to increase the rate of mental illness and PTSD in those who are there.
The UNHCR, Amnesty and the President of the AUstralian Human rights commission and other agencies say that Australia breaches the UNHCR Human rights convention with out detention policies, that right there should be an indicator of how bad it really is.
I spent 2006-2012 doing fly in fly out work to Christmas and Cocos Island. Some of the accommodation at the IPC (Immigration Processing Centre) was better than the sh*t I got put in as a gov employee.
The 'tents' referred to are airconditioned, fully enclosed, marquee style 'tents'. Similar to what soldiers live in when deployed.
Don't misinterpret this as an anti-asylum seeker vent, I've stated earlier in this thread that Australia needs to increase its intake (IMO) but I hate exaggeration from either side (not directed at you BlissedOut)
That may be true, but what about Manus Island? Christmas Island is in Australia, but when we have offshore processing that involves different countries then things change. There have been many reports saying there is no air-conditioning on Manus - and DIAC has even admitted it.
When you were working on Christmas Island then did you see evidence of the high rate of self harm on the Island? What are your thoughts on that? There is proof that long term detention causes PTSD and mental illness in people.
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