Refugee Australia’s latest hellhole – 21 in all

Dear All

See pictures of the Scherger Air Base (in the Gulf of Carpentaria) entrance and fences taken yesterday.

You can see the mark of the immigration department – high fence – too early for razor wire but the truck track around it so that guards can drive around and around 24 hours day and night.

Interesting how truth is little valued in this area.

The Gillard Government denied that there were plans to turn Scherger into a hellhole for immigration all through the election.

This in the face of a sudden influx of workers building kilometres of fence.

Clearly the government takes us all for mugs.

The demountables have not arrived yet.

No doubt they will be flown in at great expense.

At the moment there are only two shacks there.

Why are asylum seekers being shunted to the most isolated corners of Australia? – rhetorical question.

Pamela Curr
ASRC,
September 2010

2 thoughts on “Refugee Australia’s latest hellhole – 21 in all

  1. Pamela Curr says:

    In Australia people are locked up indefinitely if NIVA (National Identity Verification & Advice) decide that they are not happy with documents and want more information.

    NIVA over- rules health concerns and medical advice about the person concerned not being able to be adequately cared for in Detention. As a consequence there are increasing cases of attempted suicide as people become desperate and confused with repeated demands for more and more documents.

    Some people come from countries where Australia has no capacity to communicate and where no effective government exists. In these cases how is it possible to get the level of documentation demanded by NIVA.

    There are still people in Australia who have been waiting over 10 years for visas- the decision made but pending documentation which can never come- because it does not exist. Refugees orphaned as little children who grew up on the edges of survival in villages with one name, never knowing their family name. How can they produce identity documents?

    Life is not straightforward for all.

    It seems that Canada has a more realistic approach. See ‘Canadian court orders Tamils’ release’

    Pamela Curr
    Campaign Coordinator
    Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
    12 Batman Street, Melbourne
    ph 0393266066 / 0417517075

    FACT: Australia July 2010 – 639 CHILDREN IN DETENTION

  2. Oh I see. It’s a “hellhole” is it? In comparison to what? The paradise they left behind?

    They will be housed, clothed, fed, all their medical and surgical and dental needs catered for (all without being shot at or attacked) and then will most likely sue the gov for “neglect” and “inhumane” acts because they were “locked up” for a time, in consideration for the safety of this country and the existing population. Which also might result in them being paid “compensation” and/or offered money to set up a “small business” back home, if they go back willingly.

    So you’re saying a decommissioned airforce base which was good enough for our servicemen is not good enough for illegal immigrants? Tell me, will an in-ground pool be put in for them like other places? Air-conditioning? Pool room etc?

    P.S. I don’t expect this comment to be published because it certainly won’t suit your agenda. It doesn’t matter because many thousands are at last waking up to what’s going on in this country now, and it’s no wonder the gov wants internet filtering so badly.

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