Angelina Jolie, we need you.
We need to use your incredible fame for good. We need you to expose what our own Government won’t be honest about. We need you to show us the truth of Australia’s refugee shame.
Yesterday, the President of Nauru invited you to visit his country. You have to accept that invitation, Ms Jolie. You simply have to. If you leave from Los Angeles, you can be on Nauru in 22 hours and 30 minutes.
The President will greet you, he’ll want to show you the Australian built detention centre that has stimulated his local economy. He’ll be proud of it. But let me tell you that here in Australia? We are not.
There are others who will greet you, along with the president. The 208 children currently being held in mandatory detention, some of whom have been physically and sexually assaulted. Several young pregnant women who have tried to take their own lives in the hope that, if they die, their children will have a better chance at Australian citizenship. There will be fathers who are rioting; desperate to draw attention to their plight. Kids with preventable illnesses and limited access to healthcare.
There are dehydrated, desperate human beings languishing there in hot, rough, cramped conditions like battery hens. They are the victims of the Australian Government’s morality deficit, and the world needs to know they exist. Every one of those asylum seekers has asked for refuge in Australia, but our government intends to turn them away.
Why? Because they came by boat instead of plane.
Our Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave the United Nations the middle finger and sent these refugees offshore to Nauru. He and our Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, have shrugged off international law so they can reach their pathetic election promise to “Stop the boats“.