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On the 19th of July 2013, then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that all people seeking asylum who arrived in Australia by boat would not be resettled here. Five years on, and hundreds of people who sought Australia’s protection remain exiled in limbo on Nauru and Manus Island in PNG.

The policy was enacted arbitrarily and about a third of people who arrived by boat after this date were never sent offshore. Boat-mates were divided between Christmas Island, Manus Island and Nauru. Most people who remained on Christmas Island were eventually released into the community on a bridging visa and invited to apply for a TPV or SHEV. Some people from this group, however are still in detention on Christmas Island and elsewhere or living in limbo in the community.

This July marks 5 years too many. It marks 5 years in limbo, 5 years of abuse and 5 years without safety, particularly for those who are still in PNG and Nauru without any clear pathway to protection.

We call on the Coalition Government and the Labor party to immediately evacuate people offshore to Australia while permanent resettlement options are finalised and facilitated.

We call on the Coalition Government and the Labor party to immediately evacuate people to Australia while permanent resettlement options are finalised and facilitated.

Since 2014, the Australian government have killed 12 people by the policy of off-shoring refugees.

We echo calls of people held on these remote islands to #BringThemHere or #LetThemGo.

 

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